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Analysis and comments on Richard Cory by Edwin Arlington Robinson

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Comment 37 of 257, added on October 17th, 2005 at 3:47 PM.

this poem relates alot to us humans in real life as we tend to envy our
fellow brethren for he/she has, not realizing that they may not be enjoying
the life that they have and may even want to trade with you for a day in
your shoes, to see life the fun, unsophisticated way, eith no-one wanting
what you have and with no-one only being your frind because of what you
have.

StephieD from Jamaica
Comment 36 of 257, added on October 5th, 2005 at 7:18 AM.

This poem is a great poem. The theme is that money will not give you
happiness.

Mian Touhid Ullah from United States
Comment 35 of 257, added on October 4th, 2005 at 6:44 PM.

It is a great poem and now I have to do a lit anal. on it but it was great
w a theme of money doesn't equal happiness supported by the isolation of
he, the irony, and the past tense of the poem. I think everyone should
read it. IT really portrays the let down of the Amreican Dream.

Randa from United States
Comment 34 of 257, added on September 14th, 2005 at 12:02 PM.

I too like most, was given this poem to identify the claim from my EN1105
class. The claim I get is every thing that glitters ain't gold. And he most
likely admired those whom admired him more than they would ever know!

Candance B from United States
Comment 33 of 257, added on September 14th, 2005 at 12:02 PM.

I too like most, was given this poem to identify the claim from my EN1105
class. The claim I get is every thing that glitters ain't gold. And he
probly admired thosen whom admired him more thatn they would ever know!

Candance B from United States
Comment 32 of 257, added on August 16th, 2005 at 8:02 PM.

i have to find this poem bcoz we have to make a dramatic interpretaion
regarding this.it was so exciting for me as student and also a pleasure to
interpret this powerful poem of mr.robinson....tnx a lot and god bless to
all of us who relate their self to the poem...

lorena from Philippines
Comment 31 of 257, added on August 10th, 2005 at 2:02 AM.

...this poem will help me to pass my english subject! ..this poem sucks but
its a heaven' gift! yahoo! 3rd year, here i come!

katrina from Philippines
Comment 30 of 257, added on July 18th, 2005 at 3:44 PM.

I enjoyed reading this poem; it was poignant albeit very straightfoward.
Although you can extract whatever meaning you like from it, it seems
obvious that these townspeople held Richard in such high esteem because of
his stature. And what exactly did he do himself to earn it? The poem
doesn't really elaborate -- did he earn his money, was he really sincere in
his manners? The irony, I think, is that it is every one of "we people"
(who were holding him in such high esteem) that helped him gain his status.
Once he acquired it, they all appeared obliged to jump on the bandwagon
and appear him for afar.

Fans of this poem should definitely listen to the Simon & Garfunkel song if
they have not already. It's an awesome take of the poem.

Meredith Zern from United States
Comment 29 of 257, added on June 16th, 2005 at 2:38 PM.

Interesting to read the commentary ... don't remember reading it until
today, but ... there are familiar phrases. High school English,
overshadowed by the Paul Simon hit? Yes.

It was "assigned" by my current therapist; it strikes a chord somewhere in
my soul. Not the source of my feelings then, but it gave a voice to
thoughts ... soul-stirrings ... already present.

The poem portrays the emptiness of soul that comes with my [many]
depressive episodes. Perhaps for others, it is a commentary on the
hollowness of money, position, worldly accomplishments. For me, it gives a
voice to feelings which otherwise have no expression.

"Richard Cory" [and Frank Avery, the man whose suicide may have "inspired"
Edwin Arlington Robinson] died from an emptiness, a void of the soul.

Wonder (a lot!) about the other comments; even more about the commentators.
How many are students? High school or college?

The Paul Simon song [from my high school days] had a similar mood.

Sue O.P. from United States
Comment 28 of 257, added on June 9th, 2005 at 8:45 AM.

My take on this great poem is that it is not Richard Corey's spiritual
emptiness that is the cause of the tragedy, it is "we", the town's people
who see his grace and the "glitter of his appearance" and feel inferior.
Richard Corey is perceived as different and that creates a separation
between him and the people. It IS the misunderstanding of others, seeing
Richard Corey as better than they, they don't trust him, they get all
"fluttery", they don't befriend him because they think he's better than
they. It IS their envy which creates his apparent loneliness. His suicide
indicates his lack of imagination, he can't imagine how to improve his
life, but to totally blame him ignores the abandonment he suffered because
his neighbors don't consider him equal.


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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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