The last stanza of An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum is unlike the rest of the poem. Discuss

The last stanza of An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum is unlike the rest of the poem. Discuss

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  1. The last stanza of the poem “An Elementary School in a Slum” is quite different from the rest of poem. It is full of hope, struggle and revolt against the suppressing force.

    The poet asks the ruling class to take away the barrier which they have created between themselves and the poor children living in the slums areas. If they kept these students in worst conditions, they will rise on their own, revolt against them and ruin their paradise (town).

    He further asks rich and ruling people to show green fields those poor children (those beautiful places which they saw in books). The rich and ruling people should give freedom to those whose life is hopeless like deserts. The young children of slums should be provided what they see on their school walls (valley, world map and Shakespeare). They should be given money enough to fulfil their basic necessities of life.

    According to the poet, history is written by those who have passion like the heat of sun and these poor children of slum have that passion.

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