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Flashcards in Living Space Deck (11):
1

What is it about?

This poem focuses on poverty and the living conditions in the shanty towns and slum area in Mumbai

2

Who is the poem

Imtiaz Dharker

3

What are the themes

Religion
Hypocrisy
Poverty
Fragility
Identity
Confusion
Society
Survival
Hope and dreams

4

What does the title show

An area to live in- we all have one

5

What does the quote ‘there are just not enough straight lines’ show

A pessimistic start to the poem. Confusion, bewilderment and amazement

6

What does ‘beams balance crookedly’ show

Everything is broken, dangerous and unstable

7

What does ‘nails clutch at open seams’ show

Personification.
Like the buildings, the people are in the same conditions

8

What does the quote ‘eggs in a wire basket’ show

The egg contrasts the place- imagery of light and dark.

9

What do eggs show

Fragility
Hope for the future (birth)
Dreams easily shattered

10

What does the quote ‘bright, thin walls of faith’ show

Optimistic ending to the poem- resilience and hope.
Links to the thinned of the walls. Religion/ faith they won’t break

11

What’s the structure?

Enhancement used. Breaks up the length and rhythm of the lines- mirrors the chaos of the slums- no regularity.