1. Why is the poem broken down into three stanzas? How does each stanza contain a different action..

1. Why is the poem broken down into three stanzas? How does each stanza contain a different action or thought? Does each stanza add a new layer of meaning to the poem? 2. The last lines of the poem offer an excuse as to why the speaker has eaten the plums. Do these words help you to feel the attraction of the plums? Compare Williams’s poem with Helen Chasin’s “The Word Plum.” How do both poets try to capture the appeal of the fruit? Which language appeals to you more: Williams’s direct statement or Chasin’s sensuous imagery? How would you explain each poet’s strategy for, or approach to, describing a plum?