"sometimes i feel myself I can hardly bear
The thought of so much childish longing in vain,
The sadness that lurks near the open window there,
That waits all day in almost open prayer
For the squeal of brakes"
1.what can't the poet tolerate?
2.who has been longing and for what
3.why is the longing termed as childish?
4.what do the expressions "open window" and "open prayer" mean?

Dear student,

1. The poet cannot tolerate the mere thought of  the interminable wait on the part of the shed owners for their prospective buyers.
2. The stall owners have been longing for prospective buyers to buy their goods and give them the much-needed money in exchange. The shop window is blanketed with an ambience of sadness. The stall owners yearn for the sound of the car brakes near the shack.
3. The longing of the stall owners is called 'childish' because it is 'naive' and eventually proves to be futile.
4. The poet has made clever use of the word 'open' to convey a literal and figurative meaning. 'Open window' refers to the actual window in teh stall that is kept open while waiting for a customer to stop by. 'Open prayer' refers to the constant prayer of the stall owners, hoping for city dwellers to stop at their stall, make a purchase and give them money.



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