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Ballad of the Landlord

In Langston Hughes's poem "The Ballad of the Landlord," an African-American tenant is complaining to the landlord about the repairs needed in his run-down apartment. The tenant has a leaky roof and...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2016 10:15 pm UTC

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Ballad of the Landlord

Langston Hughes's "The Landlord" uses colloquial diction to help create a sense of place and person, with particular language constructs, such as "these steps is broken down," suggesting African...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2018 9:32 am UTC

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Ballad of the Landlord

It is ironic that Langston Hughes should have titled the poem Ballad of the Landlord, when the actual speaker in the poem is not the landlord, but the tenant. One would therefore expect that the...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2015 5:55 am UTC

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Ballad of the Landlord

This poem tells the story of a black man being discriminated against by his white landlord. The poem has three different speakers, and the diction of each of these speakers tells the story of their...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2016 3:54 pm UTC

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Ballad of the Landlord

"The Ballad of the Landlord" was first published in 1940 and is about the exploitation and mistreatment of black tenants by white landlords. At first it might read as a comical poem, but beneath...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2019 8:46 pm UTC

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Ballad of the Landlord

"Ballad of the Landlord" is a super fun poem to read. It's not a happy poem, but there are humorous moments in it. The reason that I think it is a fun poem to read is because it is written in...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2016 2:51 pm UTC

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Ballad of the Landlord

The speaker isn't going to pay the landlord one cent until repairs are made to his dilapidated house. When he says, "Ten Bucks you say I owe you?/ Ten Bucks you say is due?" he means that his rent...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2009 3:50 am UTC

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Ballad of the Landlord

The speaker in the poem is a tenant appealing to his landlord. We know that he is a black man who is fed up with the way he is generally treated, both by his landlord and by society in general, for...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2018 7:47 am UTC

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Ballad of the Landlord

"Ballad of the Landlord" by Langston Hughes is a poem. We normally distinguish poetry from prose by the way it possesses a distinctive pattern or rhythm and rhyme. If you look at the poem on a...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2015 5:47 pm UTC

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Ballad of the Landlord

“Ballad of the Landlord” is a poem written by American poet Langston Hughes. This poem is written in the first person. The narrator is getting increasingly frustrated with his landlord, as he feels...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2020 2:41 pm UTC

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Ballad of the Landlord

Langston Hughes's poem "The Ballad of the Landlord" is a poem told in song form about a tenant (or tenants) complaining about the unfair housing practices suffered at the hands of the tenant's...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2016 3:56 am UTC

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Ballad of the Landlord

A comparison shows how two things are alike. "Ballad to the Landlord" and "Speech to the Young" are alike in advocating for doing the right thing not, in the words of Brooks's poem, "for the...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2021 5:55 pm UTC

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Ballad of the Landlord

Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902–May 22, 1967) was an African American poet, political activist, and writer whose work portrayed the African American experience, especially of people living in the...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2019 7:01 am UTC

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Ballad of the Landlord

The poem "Ballad of the Landlord" by Langston Hughes is a tragicomic look at systemic racism. The narrator, an African American, is complaining to his landlord about some problems he is having with...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2020 3:26 pm UTC

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Ballad of the Landlord

Langston Hughes' excellent poem "Ballad of the Landlord" deals with a number of important societal themes. First published in 1940, and written in the late 30s, "Ballad of the Landlord" focuses on...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2017 3:47 pm UTC

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Ballad of the Landlord

“Ballad of the Landlord”, written in 1940 by American writer Langston Hughes, is a poem about an African-American tenant who has politely asked his white landlord to make some urgent repairs to his...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2020 4:11 pm UTC

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Ballad of the Landlord

Langston Hughes's "The Ballad of the Landlord" is told from the point of view of a black tenant living in a run-down apartment. The tenant asks the landlord to fix his roof because it's "sprung a...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2016 11:23 pm UTC

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