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PoetryJohannesburg By Lesego RampolokengThis poem about the city of Johannesburg is a poem written by Lesego Rampolokeng in 2013.This poem is written to show the plight of living in the city of Johannesburg. The poet uses different figures of speech to ensure that the message is conveyed so that the reader can see the situation even if they have never been there before. The use of imagery is dominant inthe poem to describe the city and also the choice of words is so strong as to paint the picture of the city in the minds of people.In the very first stanza of the poem, the poet shows his attitude towards the city that he has lost hope in, he says “my city is paved with Judas gold, deceptions and lies, dreams come here to die.” This means that people come to Johannesburg to fulfil their dreams but they fail. All they get is lies from the people who promise to help them but they don’t deliver on their promises. The use of “Judas” as a metaphor shows that the poet feels betrayed by the city. He and other people had hopes that they would achieve what they wanted but they failed as their dreams come to the city to die. If a dream dies, it means a person has failed to achieve what he or she had wanted to achieve. People come to Johannesburg with the hope of getting wealth as the place is full of gold. Gold is one of the mineral resources that carry the wealth of the country. That is why most people are looking to the area with that desire of getting richbecause there is gold. The alliteration of “deceptions”, “dreams”, and “die” reinforces the speaker’s anger that his dreams have indeed died.The expectations of people about the city are contrary to what they experience in the city.