This study guide will help you analyze the poem “Ballad of the Landlord” by Langston Hughes. You can also find a summary of the poem, as well as ideas for interpreting it and putting it into perspective.
Presentation of the poem
Title: “Ballad of the Landlord” (1940)
Author: Langston Hughes
Langston Hughes (1901-1967) was an American poet, novelist, and columnist who is best known as one of the leaders of the Harlem Renaissance. Many of Hughes’ poems explore the life and condition of African Americans in the US. The poem “Ballad of the Landlord” was first published in the academic journal Opportunity: The Journal of Negro Life in December 1940.
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