An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum Summary & Study Guide

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Stanza 1

The opening stanza of “An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum” provides a clear, dreary depiction of the students in the classroom. The first child is a “tall girl with [a] weighed-down head.” This girl is physically and emotionally exhausted, as if all life has been dredged from her body and sapped from her mind. Her classmates are in no better condition. “The paper- / seeming boy, with rat's eyes” is paper-thin and weak. His eyes are defensive and scared, like a scavenger, a rat. His prospect for survival, let alone success, is bleak. Another student, “the stunted, unlucky heir / Of twisted bones,” is the victim of a genetic disorder. Spender writes that the boy has inherited his “father's gnarled disease”; he has been left disfigured, trapped in a physically challenged body.

Spender then describes the boy “at back of the dim class,” stating, “His eyes live in...

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