An Elementary School Classroom
Far far from gusty waves these children's faces. Like rootless weeds, the hair torn round their pallor: The tall girl with her weighed-down head. The paper- seeming boy with rat's eyes. The stunted, unlucky heir a. Which children are referred to here? What is peculiar about their faces? b. What does the expression ‘Far far from gusty waves’ signify? c. Explain: ‘Like rootless weeds.’ d. How is the tall girl affected by poverty? e. What is the comparison drawn with rat’s eyes?
a. The children of the slum area have been referred. Their faces instead of being filled with youthful exuberance are worn out and boggled down with the pressures of life. b. In this line the poet has tried to use imagery whereby he wants to draw the picture of the children away from the joy of nature and education are rather confined to their constricted and dingy life in the slum area. c. The simile has been used by the poet to highlight the state of malnutrition among the children who have hair as unkempt as the rootless weeds would be. They are without any support or nurturing. d. The tall girl is oppressed by the pressures of poverty that have been inflicted on her with time. She has a bent posture due to the trials and tribulations of life which she is subjected to at such a young age. e. The metaphoric meaning of this line suggests that the child is always on the lookout for food and security. He is deprived of the basic amenities and is undernourished so as a rat would always be on a lookout for food likewise he is also craving for food.