What is the social issue that the poet raises in the poem An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum?

What is the social issue that the poet raises in the poem An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum?

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  1. The poet raises the issues of poverty, injustice, scarcity and hopeless which prevail among the students of slum. In the beginning, he describes the condition of children of slum. They have diseases, weak bodies and absolutely no idea of learning because they do not have access to basic necessities of life.

    The poet describes the condition of classroom which is dark and its walls have foul smell and fainted colour. There are pictures of Shakespeare, beautiful valley and word map. According to the poet, all these things are inaccessible to the slum children. Hence he believes that they should not be there as they make the poor children adopt immoral ways to attain those comforts.

    These children are trapped in the slum which has no escape. The poet compares the slums with cemetery (dead bodies cannot come out of cemetery).

    Poet believes that the students need something else before education. It is food, health, hygiene, and shelter. They need means to come out of the slums and dream like rich.

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