An Elementary School Classroom in a SlumPoints to Remember
The poet describes the miserable condition of the children in a school located in a slum. They are malnourished ill and exhausted.
They are thin hungry, weak and insecure. One of them has inherited disability.
Their physical and mental growth are stunted.
The walls of the classroom give us a glimpse of prosperity which is in sharp contrast to their weak, grim, hollow and pathetic lives.
Even Shakspeare's portrait, images of world maps buildings with domes or beautiful Tyrolese do not offer any hope for these children as they are poor, underfed and deprived in every way.
The poet wants improvement in the quality of lives of slum children.
They must be provided quality education also so that they can make use of this opportunity but this cannot be achieved unless the inspectors and other policymakers make serious efforts towards
Catacombs symbolise darkness and illiteracy which surrounds these children but through proper education will enlighten their lives.
The map is a bad example it tempts them to aspire for the word which seems unreachable for them. The maps on their walls should show huge slums instead of beautiful scenic graphic.
They look like captives within the dirty walls of the classroom, however, their real world is outside the windows of this classroom and they need an exposure to the outside world.
In the long run these children will be able to reap the benefits and rewrite the history of povery with development and prosperity.
The poet says if students studying in slum are truly allowed education in the form of free exploration, their language will gain the power and warmth of the Sun. They will acquire freedom of expression which will change their future and recreate history.