Keeping Things Whole

Summary

The poem “Keeping Things Whole” pleads for the wholeness against the usual fragmentation that goes on in everyday life. People in general have the habit of looking things as parts. They always miss the complete wholeness. For example when we go to the field, we view the fragments such as sand, stones, mud, plants etc. and we miss the complete wholeness of the field. When we view ourselves, we see heads, eyes, faces, bodies, feet, limbs, hands and other different parts. However, we miss the wholeness of human beings.

The poet finds himself missing everywhere. While walking, he feels like he divides the air and air moves in to fill the gap occupied by his body. The poet however says that he moves to keep the things whole. He is against the usual defragmentation and supports the idea of wholeness.

Important Questions and Answers:

a. What is the poet idea about fragmentation?

Ans: The poet finds himself missing everywhere. While walking, he feels like he divides the air and air moves in to fill the gap occupied by his body. The poet however says that he moves to keep the things whole. He is against the usual defragmentation and supports the idea of wholeness. He is against the usual fragmentation that goes on in everyday life.

b. Summarize the poem “Keeping Things Whole”.

Ans: See above 🙂

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