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Keeping Things Whole

Keeping Things Whole


by Mark Strand

Keeping Things Whole: Reasons for Reading Poetry True or False

1. What is one theme of "Keeping Things Whole"? -> War
2. Where is the speaker in this poem? -> In a car
3. How does the speaker "keep things whole"? -> By being awesome
4. What duality does the speaker embody throughout this poem? -> Absence/Presence
5. What happens when the speaker walks? -> He notices the beauty of nature