a)  What does the poet mean in “Shakespeare is wicked and the map a bad example..”?

 These lines are in form of a emotional question. The poet questions the study of Shakespeare to these slum children. It is “wicked” because it can liberate them from their boring life. The map shows a world which is not theirs. Therefore it is a ‘bad example’. It tempts the children with ideas of escape in the ships from their miserable world with ‘lead skies’ to a sun- filled world, and a love for life rather than an existence full of dread and lack of expectation. It raises false hopes in the children.

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 Shakespear was a great literary personality but the world of slum children is full os disease and despair. They have to work hard for their survival. They don 't even have basic amenities of life, so how can they think of reading Shakespear 's literature.

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