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Keeping Things Whole

Keeping Things Whole

by Mark Strand

Man and the Natural World Quotes

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Quote #4

I move
To keep things whole. (16-17)

Check out our speaker's final few words about his relationship with the world. After giving us those startling images of being a man who is nothing but absence in the world, he tells us, "I move / To keep things whole." He doesn't give us anymore about the natural world, but when he says "[t]o keep things whole" he could be talking about the world at large. Is he suggesting that man's presence in the world ruins the natural balance and wholeness of nature? Or that we can never be fully part of the world in which we live? He's not the most talkative guy in the world, so we don't have much to go on, but it's clear his only solution is to keep moving through the world to try and restore it to wholeness.

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