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Vintage Hughes - Study Guide Madam and the Rent Man Summary & Analysis

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Madam and the Rent Man Summary

This poem is about a conversation between a woman and the agent who has come to collect rent for her landlord. The woman refuses to pay, saying that the sink is broken, the water isn't running, and the landlord hasn't done anything he promised. The agent says he is not pleased, and she says she isn't either, and that they therefore agree.

Madam and the Rent Man Analysis

The poem highlights the plight of those to poor to pay rent; the woman is portrayed as a woman of conviction rather than as a groveling poor woman; she tells the agent that she will not pay, not because she is poor, but because he has not fulfilled his end of the contract.

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