November 11, 2011
The Harlem Renaissance changed America in many ways. It is a time where African-American culture was able to express themselves through different ways in the arts. The Harlem Renaissance took place during the 1920's and 1930's. Langston Hughes is one many great writers that came about during this time. Hughes poetry was a reflection of the African-American culture and Harlem. He spoke about the struggles that he and other ...view middle of the document...
“Ballad of the Landlord” is a rhythmic poem written by one of the pioneers of the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes. The poem is about a frustrated African-American tenant who lives in a Harlem apartment which is owned by an Caucasian landlord. The reason the African-American tenant is upset, is because he is lives and paying rent in an apartment that is slowly breaking down. He seeks to his landlord to fix his the issues in his apartment but they are ignored. The tenant becomes further frustrated when his landlord claims that he owes 10 dollars in rent. When he refuses to pay the balance until the apartment is repaired, the landlord threatens to evict him. The tenant who is already upset, threatens physical violence, which the landlord take literal and tries to grab the attention of the police. The police then arrest he tenant and he is thrown in jail with no bail and given 90 in the county jail.
The first character to be introduced in this poem is the tenant. The tenant is not revealed to be African-American until the final line of the poem but Hughes use cleaver language to make the readers believe the tenant could be black. He uses the urban language and slang