What message does Stephen Spender convey through the poem: ‘An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum’?

What message does Stephen Spender convey through the poem: ‘An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum’? [CBSE Delhi 2013]

Answer: The need is to free these children, liberate them and bring them into the mainstream by bringing meaningful changes to improve the standard of life and education in the slums. The poet deals with the theme of social injustice and class inequalities. There are two different worlds. Art, culture and literature have no relevance to the slum children. They live in dark, narrow, cramped holes and lanes. Unless the gap between the two worlds is abridged, there can’t be any real progress or development. The children will have to be made mentally and physically free to lead happy lives.


What message does Stephen Spender convey through the poem: ‘An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum’?


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