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An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum

The map is described as being "open-handed" in the sense that it is generous with what it has to offer. The map itself is offering "the world its world" because it is laid open and displaying the...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2018 3:16 pm UTC

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An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum

The central theme of the poem "Elementary School Classroom in a Slum" is something like: systemic problems hamper the power of education. The reason this is the theme is that the poem focuses on...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2019 5:35 pm UTC

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An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum

The metaphor, 'gusty waves' has a number of interpretations. Firstly, 'gusty' refers to a strong breeze or wind and the implication is that a powerful breeze has lifted the waves and drove them...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2015 3:22 pm UTC

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An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum

The speaker of the poem describes Shakespeare as "wicked" in the first line of the third stanza. That stanza reads, Surely, Shakespeare is wicked, the map a bad example. With ships and sun and...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2019 2:53 pm UTC

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An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum

In the first stanza of this poem by Spender, the poet creates images that compare the children in the classroom to weeds and paper. He says that the children are like "rootless weeds," and have...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2019 11:25 am UTC

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An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum

In the poem “An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum,” Stephen Spender describes a classroom and its students. There are pictures on the walls and one “open-handed map.” This map, he continues, is...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2021 2:42 pm UTC

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An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum

What intrigues me about a poem’s meaning is to read it within the context of the poet’s life. In Spender’s case, he suffered from two things which profoundly affected his childhood: a speech...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2016 5:12 pm UTC

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An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum

Spender highlights the inequalities in a democratic society. Although democracy is supposed to level the playing field and allow all to get a good education, the classroom in his poem is a slum...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2007 11:58 pm UTC

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An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum

The speaker wants the children to get more than donations from the rich. Instead of bringing things into the classroom that represent what they can never have, he wants the children to have...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2012 4:56 am UTC

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This poem reminds me of many of my experiences as a teacher in classrooms like this. I often felt hopeless. I wanted to give my children opportunities. I never thought about the denotations...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2012 5:24 am UTC

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I think that an argument can be made that the same class inequities that exist in the West impact education and social changes in the Indian context of education. Wealthier schools in India, many...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2013 10:50 am UTC

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