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  1. In the poem 'An Elementary School in Slum' written by Stephen Spender, the slum children are aloof from the outside world. They do not have a connection with the ‘big bad world’. In this context, the map is like a window that the children can look out of. The window represents the possibility of a bRead more

    In the poem ‘An Elementary School in Slum’ written by Stephen Spender, the slum children are aloof from the outside world. They do not have a connection with the ‘big bad world’. In this context, the map is like a window that the children can look out of. The window represents the possibility of a better life. However, the window is ‘shut’ because the children have been taught to believe that there is no future for them outside of their slum.

    The poem also refers to the slum as a ‘prison’.  The prison metaphor in Stephen Spender’s poem refers to the fact that the children are cut off from society. However, they are also taught that they are ‘bad’ people. This means that they are trapped in a vicious circle of poverty and low self-esteem.

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  1. Here 'Earth' is personified. Hence the poetic device used is Personification. Read summary of An Elementary School in a Slum Play quiz on An Elementary School in a Slum

    Here ‘Earth’ is personified. Hence the poetic device used is Personification.

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  1. Here the words are written in a descending order (first governor who is highest in rank, then inspector lower in rank and then visitor, lowest in rank). Hence the poetic device used is Anticlimax. Read summary of An Elementary School in a Slum Play quiz on An Elementary School in a Slum

    Here the words are written in a descending order (first governor who is highest in rank, then inspector lower in rank and then visitor, lowest in rank). Hence the poetic device used is Anticlimax.

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  1. Here the words are written in ascending order (b, f, t, v). Hence the poetic device used is Climax. Read summary of An Elementary School in a Slum Play quiz on An Elementary School in a Slum

    Here the words are written in ascending order (b, f, t, v). Hence the poetic device used is Climax.

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  1. Cloudless and dawn are two contrasting ideas. Hence the poetic device used is Antithesis. Read summary of An Elementary School in a Slum Play quiz on An Elementary School in a Slum

    Cloudless and dawn are two contrasting ideas. Hence the poetic device used is Antithesis.

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  1. In the line "whose language is the sun", the poetic device used is called Metaphor. Here, sun symbolises passion, enthusiasm, and firm determination. Read summary of An Elementary School in a Slum Play quiz on An Elementary School in a Slum

    In the line “whose language is the sun”, the poetic device used is called Metaphor. Here, sun symbolises passion, enthusiasm, and firm determination.

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  1. In the phrase, "run azure on gold sands", the poet has used metaphor. Azure symbolises freedom and gold sands symbolise deserted and hopeless life of the slum children. Read summary of An Elementary School in a Slum Play quiz on An Elementary School in a Slum  

    In the phrase, “run azure on gold sands”, the poet has used metaphor. Azure symbolises freedom and gold sands symbolise deserted and hopeless life of the slum children.

     

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  1. Here, the poet uses "Repetition" poetic device. In this phrase, the word "break" has been repeated several times for poetic effect. Read summary of An Elementary School in a Slum Play quiz on An Elementary School in a Slum

    Here, the poet uses “Repetition” poetic device. In this phrase, the word “break” has been repeated several times for poetic effect.

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