There is a particular reason for choosing this poem, however. She is, instead, a citizen: unfortunate in her circumstances, fortunate in how she finds these plums. At the same time, he was too attentive to his own procedures to remain happy with the explanations he offered, and so his poems, his essays, and even his autobiographical writings kept amending and unfolding his earlier statements. While Philips had a focus on rhyme, Williams was closer to a literal translation. William's minimalism also gives the reader the feeling that poems can be written by people of all classes. It brings the character from this world into a world of her own where she is just enjoying the sweet tastes of her plums. The poem on the outside shows a homeless woman munching on a plum from her paper bag on the street and telling how they make her feel.
Also for me at least, this inclination of his was rooted in something he borrowed from Lorca and called 'American duende. Williams was born on September 17, 1883 in Rutherford, New Jersey. The same aural tools made it possible for him to represent perception itself. They taste good to her You can see it by the way she gives herself to the one half sucked out in her hand Comforted a solace of ripe plums seeming to fill the air They taste good to her by William Carlos Williams — On , which is also a poem by William Carlos Williams. Each line on its own complicates or resists unambiguous meaning, simple representation. However, the more I read the poem, I could figure out what the line meant.
It attempts, too, to show order emerging from a neglected realm — the emergence, not the final synthesis. That position rests, above all else, on one achievement. It took me years to recognize as much, but this is what much of his poetry, certainly his Patterson poetry, was all about. The true meaning is to express how much the plums are worth to her. More recently, we have had Williams the avant-garde sentinel, dislocating sense and meaning in the manner of Gertrude Stein, and Williams the multiculturalist, pitting his Spanish-Caribbean heritage against a Eurocentric world. The repetition of the phrase forces readers to consider the possibility that the plums actually don't taste good. How does this use of repetition affect the poem? Williams positively disliked the stiff academic approach of Eliot and thought his poetry such as The Wasteland had set back the modern movement by decades.
Williams enjoyed such ripostes: he liked to show comfort, beauty, and profundity in materials places, people, objects that almost any previous poet except for would have thought ugly. Both poems dealt with eating plums, a very common event. And how did they get through life without William Carlos Williams! Surprise, specificity, ordinariness, new aural shapes, a bit of household detritus: such a verse-manifesto portrays much of what Williams tried to do. She may have had to splurge to buy a whole bag. Not only did Williams work to see a more egalitarian America, but he also worked to hear it, to make a new American sound from spoken language. I said at the time that Williams is one of my favourite poets, but even so I would not normally have posted another poem of his so soon.
The woman is poor and homeless and is shown eating a plum on the street with a paper bag of them in her hand. William Carlos Williams wrote poetry that, when put under a microscope, the reader could see the true complexity of the poem hidden beneath simplicity. She feels as if the ripe plum is a special entity because she describes it as a living thing. The title itself leads us on straight into that here and now first line. The woman eating the plum is comforted by the plum that she is eating as well as the bag of plums that she carries. This is a modern, egalitarian riposte to a European tradition; modern poems, it seems to say, ought to acknowledge all sorts of enjoyment, for all sorts of people, especially those shut out of older verse.
Good address to this big little poem of his. They taste good to her They taste good to her. I loved both of their translations so I challenged myself to try to find a happy medium between the two. In the first stanza, when the author chooses not to capitalize the first letter of the first word, it kind of creates a different appearence of the poem. It leads us directly into the moment without a pause to guess or imagine what will follow.
The second stanza of the poem is just one phrase that is repeated twice. Also the author demonstrates how an ordinary object such as a plum can be so special to a lonely widow. The grammatical surprise evokes the approach and retreat of the sea it depicts. William Carlos Williams, perhaps best known for his experimentation with line breaks and sentence structure, avidly experiments with the effects produced by the alteration of lines and sentences. Many poems were published in several versions, sometimes decades apart; poems and parts of poems appeared with several titles.
Sometimes, his poems of sexual love and lust simply give accurate portraits of his roving eye. Are they good because the woman is poor and old and in need of extra nutrition? Something positive has happened to the poor old woman, spotted eating her delicious fruit by a passer by, on his way to the hospital perhaps, to deliver another baby? The first time we encounter the sentence it can be read straight through in the same way one would speak it and we see that the plums taste good to the old woman. His local practice thrived he later specialised in paediatrics , but still he found time during the next few decades to produce a vast body of work: poems, short poems, short fiction, novels, plays, essays and manifestos, along with a range of unclassifiable prose. The poor woman is munching a plum, she's right there in front of speaker and reader, just enjoying that fruit out on an ordinary street. They turn up in some of his most famous poetry and in this particular poem they're being eaten by the old woman. The low diction suggests that there is a simplicity to the poem itself, however, reading between the lines a different claim can be made.
Eliot, but broke away from it to experiment more in his own style. I kind of get the understanding that by not capitalizing the first word of the poem to make it seem as if it is starting a new sentence, it really isn't capitalized so that the title of the poem can be read as a connected piece to the poem. This plum is really good to hear and an observer can tell by the way she eats it. One could infer that it was the only good thing she had had in a long time. At first, I was busy trying to understand what the story was about, so I missed the important concepts. Between 1914 and 1923 Williams invented an entirely new way of making and hearing verse lines.