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.