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Keeping Things Whole

Keeping Things Whole

by Mark Strand

Keeping Things Whole: Reasons for Reading Poetry Quiz

Think you’ve got your head wrapped around Keeping Things Whole? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. What is one theme of "Keeping Things Whole"?


War
Absence
Catholicism
Kittens
Q. Where is the speaker in this poem?


In a house
In a car
In a field
Insane
Q. How does the speaker "keep things whole"?


By putting them back together
By handling them carefully
By moving
By being awesome
Q. What duality does the speaker embody throughout this poem?


Young/Old
Male/Female
Absence/Presence
Pop/Corn
Q. What happens when the speaker walks?


He notices the beauty of nature
He meditates on his existence
He parts the air
He learns to talk the talk
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