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Total Analysis of "Ballad of the Landlord" by Langston Hughe

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Transcript of Total Analysis of "Ballad of the Landlord" by Langston Hughe

Total Analysis of "Ballad of the Landlord" by Langston Hughes
Langston Hughes
Langston Hughes was a poet, novelist, and playwright, born February 1, 1902. Most of his works were about the oppressions that African Americans faced during the time of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s.
Ballad of the Landlord
Imagery
"My roof has sprung a leak."
Theme
In Langston Hughes's poem, "Ballad of the Landlord", Hughes uses the theme of injustice and demonstrates that people in power are unjustifiably favored in society.
1 Landlord, landlord, 17 Um-huh! You talking high and mighty
2 My roof has sprung a leak. 18 Talk on-till you get through.
3 Don't you 'member I told you about it 19 You ain't gonna be able to say a word
4 Way last week? 20 If I land my fist on you.

5 Landlord, landlord, 21 Police! Police!
6 These steps is broken down. 22 Come and get this man!
7 When you come up yourself 23 He's trying to ruin the government
8 It's a wonder you don't fall down. 24 And overturn the land!

9 Ten Bucks you say I owe you? 25 Copper's Whistle!
10 Ten Bucks you say is due? 26 Patrol Bell!
11 Well, that's Ten Bucks more'n I'l pay you 27 Arrest.
12 Till you fix this house up new. 28 Precinct Station.
29 Iron cell.
13 What? You gonna get eviction orders? 30 Headlines in press:
14 You gonna cut off my heat? 31 MAN THREATENS LANDLORD
15 You gonna take my furniture and 32 TENANT HELD NO BAIL
16 Throw it in the street?
"Arrest."
"These steps is broken down."
"Copper's whistle!"
"Patrol bell!"
"Precinct Station."
"Iron cell."
Tone
Agression
Aggravation
Urgent
The poem is a
Ballad
The poem is about the tenant addressing the poor conditions of his house that he bought he landlord.
Landlord
: a person who owns and leases land
Tenant
: the tenant is a person that occupies and holds land
The house
symbolizes
the treatment of African Americans during the Harlem Renaissance
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