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Although its not a lengthy poem the few words and their layout in Keeping Things Whole certainly possess great significance This poem is centered on the idea that the narrators life is lacking purpose In exploring the meaning of his existence he determined that his reason for living was to keep moving so that peoples lives were only temporarily interruptedStrands technique of splitting up his sentences helps emphasize certain phrases and ideas When I read poetry I naturally pause for a brief second at the end of each line to allow the words to sink in therefore taking an extra moment to realize what the author is saying With each line in this poem only a few words long there is a higher pause-to-word ratio which allows for more thought for each idea the first time you read through it Strand splits up the sentences in places where he is trying to convey more meaning with the hope that the reader will pause and contemplate what was just read His stanzas are concluded when he wants more attention placed on his current ideaThe narrators viewpoint towards life in this poem is quite different from how most people see it Where he writes In a field I am the absence of field ll 1-3 instead of acknowledging his existence as something he regards it as a lack of something This negativity towards himself is what the entire poem is focused onHe uses the idea that when his body enters an area the parts of that area are momentarily interrupted and are forced around him just waiting to return back to normal once he leaves When I walk I part the air and always the air moves in to fill the spaces where my bodys been ll 8-13 The air in that line symbolizes the existence of other people around him and the narrator sees himself as a nuisance to
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