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Ballad of the Landlord | Study Guide

Langston Hughes

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Langston Hughes

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Drama, History

Perspective and Narrator

"Ballad of the Landlord" is told from four points of view, each with a different perspective on the events in the poem: the tenant, the landlord, the police, and the press.


The poem "Ballad of the Landlord" is written in the present tense.

About the Title

"Ballad of the Landlord" tells about a main character's difficulties and hard times because of unfair treatment. Although the title highlights the landlord, the tenant is the poem's main character. And in an example of dramatic irony (in which the reader is aware of something that the character is not), the landlord believes he is the victim of the story, while readers understand that the tenant is the real victim.


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