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Analysis and comments on Richard Cory by Edwin Arlington Robinson

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Comment 97 of 257, added on May 7th, 2009 at 7:49 AM.

Just as in Edwin Arlington Robinson’s real life, his poem, “Richard Cory”
portrays the desire and necessity to obtain more than a façade of wealth
and happiness. Robinson writes that Richard was so dissatisfied with life
he “Went home and put a bullet through his head”. (Robinson 16). Using a
metaphor, Robinson states, “And he was rich—yes, richer than a
king—“(Robinson 9). This statement furthers Robinson’s aphorism that money
cannot buy happiness.

Katie Cleveland from United States
Comment 96 of 257, added on May 7th, 2009 at 12:36 AM.

In the life of Edwin Arlington Robinson he talks a lot about the life he
lived in Maine. He was very pessimistic because of his childhood. His
parents payed attention to his older siblings and felt like he failed at
writing. As a writer he uses definite rhyme scheme. In this poem "Richard
Cory" Edwin makes it seem like there was this perfect man that everybody
bowed down to and they all wanted to be like him because of the way he
presented himself. The people did not know that deep down this prosperous
man felt like an outcast, like Edwin Robinson. This wealthy man felt
separated by the people in his town because of his many achievements.

Kristina Victa from United States
Comment 95 of 257, added on May 7th, 2009 at 12:11 AM.

Edwin Arlington Robinson was unhappy growing up, due to the fact that he
felt ignored by his parents even though they were aware of his
intelligence. Later in his career he became successful and known but still
felt that he didn’t belong in the family or even in society. In this poem
by Robinson, "Richard Cory", he used irony. The readers wouldn’t expect
that a man, who had fame and fortune also assuming that they are happy,
would end their life. He also used rhyme in this poem so that it is easier
to read, but harder to understand at the ending for the unknown reason of
Richard's death.

Sunshine Salac from United States
Comment 94 of 257, added on May 7th, 2009 at 7:19 AM.

Edwin Arlington Robinson was a man of deep meaning. In the poem "Richard
Cory" it describes a man who was in the aspect of many of the people back
then, perfect. Although in truth nobody ever is and through the poem I feel
a understanding that the spiritual lacking
in Richard's life was his happiness. People can have money but money can't
buy everything, most people don't really know what to live for and I get
this opinion from this poem.

Shiermaine Francisco from United States
Comment 93 of 257, added on May 6th, 2009 at 12:03 PM.

Edwin Arlington Robinson had a philosophy that man's highest duty is to
develop his best attributes as fully as possible. In the poem "Richard
Cory", Edwin Robinson shows the hollowness of conventional success. Richard
Cory was a very triumphant man but lacked happiness. Edwin Arlington
Robinson was not much different from Richard Cory. They both were
successful people but felt alienated from society.

Joseph Alvaro from United States
Comment 92 of 257, added on May 6th, 2009 at 9:55 PM.

Edwin Arlington Robinson uses imagery words and a regular rhyme scheme to
describe Richard Cory in every way possible. In people's eyes he was the
American Dream and they envied him for this. Robinson ironically uses
Richard Cory's life as an illusion of a person who is really not satisfied
with themselves and will go an extra mile to end their life. This poem most
definately supports that looks can be deceiving to the eyes of many.

Tara Teran from United States
Comment 91 of 257, added on May 6th, 2009 at 9:48 PM.

Edwin Arlington Robinson was lonely most of his childhood because his
parents paid more attention to his brothers then him. This poem reflects
upon that because Richard Cory was rich but he was lonely so he decided to
put a bullet in his head. He rhymes a lot in this poem and it is well

Matt Perry from United States
Comment 90 of 257, added on May 6th, 2009 at 9:29 PM.

Edwin Arlington Robinson wrote "Richard Cory" with his own past. Robinson
was a guy who kept to himself and Richard Cory was the only person spoken
of. Richard Cory was a lone wolf just like Robinson was. Robinson talked
about his own experience with being a lonely person through the poem
"Richard Cory".

Anthony Mangano from United States
Comment 89 of 257, 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

Elizabeth from United States
Comment 88 of 257, 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

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Poet: Edwin Arlington Robinson
Poem: Richard Cory
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