The title is where the first contrast between the mind and heart is shown. By Williams calling the poem Please Come Late the readers see how the heart is represented in her wanting the person to come by the word “Please”, but also the mind’s role in the fact that she also wants them to “Come Late.” Beginning with the woman in a coffee shop, waiting for her past lover, in the first four lines Williams portrays the speaker’s words as her speaking from her heart. The lines say:
Please come late,
so that I have almost given up
and have started glancing round the room,
thinking everyone is you (lines 1-4).
In line two the word “almost” is most emphasized. This line shows that the speaker hasn’t given up yet, and that there is still love in the situation. Moving to the next lines, in lines three and four ...
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... “ reading a newspaper, not understanding a word” (lines 26-27). She doesn’t understand anything that she is reading because she feels overwhelmed with the thoughts and heartaches of her decision.
The poem ends with the speaker telling her lover (lines 28-30):
If you came now, I wouldn’t recognize you.
Don’t come anywhere near me
Until I have gone slightly mad for love of you.
She wouldn’t be able to recognize the person because she has created this image of hatred for them, not the loving person she remembered. With the last two lines the speaker is telling the person not to drag her back to them until she has gone mad over the thought of ever loving them. With the concluding lines, the speaker comes to the final decision of moving on from her past lover, rather than going back to them. Therefore choosing to listen to her head, rather than listening to her heart.
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