What irony is implied in the title of the poem "Ballad of the Landlord"?

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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 title would celebrate the tenant, who is the hero of the poem, for fighting against the injustice he has to suffer at the hands of an uncaring and unscrupulous landlord.

It is clear from the context that the tenant has some very serious issues with regard to his dwelling, which need to be addressed by the landlord.

My roof has sprung a leak.    (line 2)

These steps is broken down. (line 6)

It is evident that the landlord is unwilling to do the...

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