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Analysis and comments on Richard Cory by Edwin Arlington Robinson

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Comment 89 of 1129, added on May 6th, 2009 at 12:01 AM.

In “Richard Corey”, by Edwin Arlington Robinson displays the ironic view of
the twentieth human behavior. In “Richard Corey”, Corey in the poem was a
prominent citizen and seems to have everything but one day Richard Corey
commits suicide. Robinson does not give an answer to Corey’s decision but
lets us see that things are not as they appear. Most of Robinson’s
characters are based on the people in his childhood town in Maine.
Robinsons’ parents were focused on his two older brothers and was often
ignored, Robinson also felt alienated; from society giving him an
opportunity to being an outcast and seeing the new materialistic society
growing.

Elizabeth from United States
Comment 88 of 1129, added on May 5th, 2009 at 11:56 PM.

In the poem "Richard Cory" Edwin Arlington explains a man that has
materials beyond a person's needs. He explains how a person may have every
materialistic thing they want but still not be satisfied with their life.
Edwin Arlington's poetry explains what was happening during his time in the
post Civil war America.

Dara Ahmadnia from United States
Comment 87 of 1129, added on May 5th, 2009 at 11:41 PM.

The poem “Richard Cory” by Edward Arlington Robinson was written about a
man who, to the people around him, seemed happy and satisfied with his
life. What they did not know about Richard Cory was that although he was
“richer than a king”; he felt a sadness or loneliness inside of him,
causing him to commit suicide. Robinson’s meaning behind this poem is that
a person’s appearance doesn’t always show how they really feel. Also,
Robinson was very lonely throughout his life, just like Richard Cory may
have been in this poem as Robinson did not mention any friends or family to
Cory. This suggests that people just needs to feel like they are welcome or
they part of something; they do not need to have money to be happy.

Fiona Carter from United States
Comment 86 of 1129, added on May 5th, 2009 at 8:03 PM.

The poem "Richard Cory" by Edward Arlington Robinson portrays an overview
of Robinson's pessimistic interest on life and the people in it. Robinson
writes about a man who poses as someone who appreciates and is satisfied
with life, but ends up killing himself in discreet anguish. Through
"Richard Cory", Robinson successfully showed his enthusiasm with failures
such as Cory in an eloquent and expressive fashion.

Alicia Tucker from United States
Comment 85 of 1129, added on May 5th, 2009 at 8:03 PM.

In Edwin Arlington Robinson's life, he was overlooked by his parents, he
failed as a businessman and he hated Maine. So although Edwin's father was
a wealthy merchant, Edwin was not satisfied with wealth, like Richard Cory
in this poem. Richard had all the wealth of a king, yet was so displeased
that he commited suicide.In this poem, Robinson uses definite rhyme scheme
at the end of each line with an ABABCDCD etc. pattern. Also, metaphor is
used when comparing Cory's wealth to that of a king.

Shawnee Self from United States
Comment 84 of 1129, added on May 4th, 2009 at 11:17 PM.

Like many of his works, Edwin Robinson sticks with writing about Maine and
it’s people. Richard Cory is the perfect character of Edwin. Richard Cory
was a very prosperous man that seemed to be living the perfect life, but on
the inside, his advantages in society made him feel like an outcast from
the rest of the town. Like many of his poems, the final few rhymes begin to
soften as the poem comes to a conclusion.

Ryan Mills from United States
Comment 83 of 1129, added on May 4th, 2009 at 10:58 PM.

In his poem "Richard Cory", Edwin Arlington Robinson wrote that money and
fame cannot buy happiness. Richard Cory's suicide shows that he was
unhapppy with his life despite the fact that, "he was rich—yes, richer than
a king—/And admirably schooled in every grace" (Robinson 9-10).
Furthermore, Robinson used this idea to contrast his own life in which he
was neither rich or famous, but led a happy life despite his lack of wealth
or fame.

Jonathon Berschauer from United States
Comment 82 of 1129, added on May 4th, 2009 at 10:45 PM.

In his poem "Richard Cory", Edwin Arlington Robinson wrote that money and
fame cannot buy happiness. Richard Cory's suicide shows that he was
unhapppy with his life despite the fact that, "he was rich—yes, richer than
a king—/And admirably schooled in every grace" (Robinson 9-10).
Furthermore, Robinson used this idea to contrast his own life in which he
was neither rich or famous, but led a happy life despite his lack of wealth
or fame.

Jonathon Berschauer
Comment 81 of 1129, added on May 4th, 2009 at 7:26 PM.

Edwin Arlington Robinson lived in a small town in Maine where he furnished
a setting for many of his poems an models. Robinson, on most days, felt
like and outsider to his family and small town in Maine. Robinson feeling
like an outsider was mostly miserable and lonely that might be part of why
this poem is somewhat dark. Even though Robinson was lonesome, Theodore
Roosevelt found his poetry to be quite impressive. Though, robinson was an
impressive writer he never made much money off of writing. This poem shows
not just a story about Richard Cory, but what alot of people feel in
society.

Stefanie Wallensack from United States
Comment 80 of 1129, added on May 3rd, 2009 at 9:53 PM.

Richard Cory is the portrait of a man who on the outside, appears to have
everything. Edwin Arlington Robinson, as a child, was neglected by his
parents and that hurt him on the inside. He felt alienated from society and
even though Richard Cory was respected and a successful man, on the inside
he was a depressed individual and puts an end to his life.


Daniel Gibson from United States

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Poet: Edwin Arlington Robinson
Poem: Richard Cory
Added: Feb 4 2004
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Poem of the Day: Sep 11 2000


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