CBSE English poem – An elementary School Classroom in a Slum by Stephen Spender -Explanation

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  1. Subham Bothra says:

    What does the poet want for the children of the slums?How can their lives be made to change?
    Pls sir answer in 50-60 words_cbse

    • Satya Prakash says:

      The poet’s heart overflows with sympathy for the deprived slum children. She wants the basic rights of a child, like food, education, and healthcare to be made available to them, so that they can study and stand on their own legs. Only by ensuring this, the society can remove the scourge of perpetual poverty, inequality, and social injustice.

  2. Subham Bothra says:

    Thank you sir for your useful explanation.

  3. Subham Bothra says:

    The walls of the classroom are decorated with pictures of Shakespeare ,buildings of doom,world maps and beautiful valleys.How do these contrast with the world of these children?
    Answer in 100-120 words_cbse

    • Satya Prakash says:

      Learning about Shakespeare makes sense when a student has scope to study English language with a high degree of proficiency. In a school, where starving students and absent teachers make up the environment, teaching Shakespeare’s novels is nothing but an absurd idea. In the same way, when a child battles the odds of hunger and deprivation, showing him a beautiful and vibrant landscape can prove to be grotesque proposition. Thus, the school presented a cruel contrast between two very divergent worlds.

  4. Subham Bothra says:

    Do you think the poet advocates total inactivity and death?
    Pls sir answer me in 30 words_cbse

    • Satya Prakash says:

      Which lesson is this question from?

    • Satya Prakash says:

      No, the author doesn’t in any way advocate inactivity and a slow slide to death. On the contrary, he wants his readers not to aggressively try to conquer others, acquire resources greedily, all at the cost of sustained human prosperity. He wants us to live within our means, and not overdraw the resources of the world.

  5. Subham Bothra says:

    Keeping quiet by pablo Neruda_cbse

  6. Subham Bothra says:

    What will count upto twelve and keeping still helps us achieve?
    Answer in 30 words_cbse

  7. Subham Bothra says:

    What makes human beings love life in spite of troubles and sufferings?
    Poem-A Thing of beauty by John Keats
    Answer in 30 words_cbsr

    • Satya Prakash says:

      When gloom and despair overpowers one’s life, it becomes impossible to live. People go into depression, commit suicides etc. During these hours of darkness, the beauty and bounty of Nature injects joy, hope, and excitement to people’s lives. It restores the zeal to live again. This is the message we draw from this poem.

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