10 English

Activity 11

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My Hometown
Jersey City is where I was born
I woke up to see many a dawns
It's not a bad city, it was a place to live
But there were many times it didn't forgive
The streets were tough, the winter's cold
It's city you can embrace, but one you can never hold
The streets will own you and rule you
There's not too much one can do
After some years you'll be ready to leave
It will no longer have the things you need
That's when you know it's time to leave
Because in the city you can longer believe
Now people grow up there and decide to stay
But so many many more just go a different way
Ray Hansell

Answer the following questions.

1. What is the title of the poem?
2. Who is the poet?
3. How many stanzas are there in this poem?
4. What is the name of the city mentioned in the poem?
5. What are the rhyming words found in this poem?
6. Is the poet happy about his city? Give reasons for your answer.

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