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Analysis and comments on Richard Cory by Edwin Arlington Robinson

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Comment 86 of 256, 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 256, 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 256, 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 256, 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 256, 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 256, 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 256, 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
Comment 79 of 256, added on December 1st, 2008 at 2:56 PM.

You can compare Richard Cory to the "famous" actors and actresses in how
they appear to have everything they want (they're rich, and famous) but
they lack the same thing Richard lacked which was true happyness. I belive
thats why so many actors and actresses are abusers. Because they cannot
find true happyness.

Seth from United States
Comment 78 of 256, added on October 16th, 2008 at 12:46 PM.

Upon reading this poem for the first time, I suspected Cory was gay before
I had even finished it. The author uses choice words to portray a graceful,
well-dressed, stunning, and "glittering" man - sounds like a stereotypical
gay man to me.
I think he was a closeted gay man who was so unhappy with keeping up
appearances that he ended his own life.

Lynn from United States
Comment 77 of 256, added on July 15th, 2008 at 10:58 AM.

I've read here some speculations of Richard Corey's death and many have
speculated that money, fame and appearance do not necessary be equated to
happiness but no one speculating that maybe he was a gay. And probably he
really was, and after hiding it for a long time he didn't want to
disappoint the people around him thus made him decide curtailing his life.

David from Philippines

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Poem: Richard Cory
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