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Analysis and comments on Richard Cory by Edwin Arlington Robinson

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Comment 31 of 261, 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 261, 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 261, 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 261, 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.

p0ps from United States
Comment 27 of 261, added on June 8th, 2005 at 11:05 AM.

This Richard Cory poem is not just a poem, but a reality. To many people
live worried about how they don't have all the money they wish to have.
The truth is that no matter how much money you ever have, it will never
make a person truly happy as they wish. I decided to pick this poem for a
english 3 research paper, because is real, just like in the poem, and just
like it is in life.

Josht from United States
Comment 26 of 261, added on June 7th, 2005 at 1:33 AM.

I'm currently analysing this poem for an english assignment and it has
become one of my favorites! The poem shows obvious themes of success and
wealth denying happiness. Throughout the poem there are no mentionings of
relationships Richard may have had, leaving us to believe that despite his
success, wealth and charm, he was lonesome. Relationships are essential
for a happy life, and without love and relationships, success and wealth
seem meaningless.

Steph from Canada
Comment 25 of 261, added on May 26th, 2005 at 12:28 PM.

Wake folks this poem is all about envy the people beating the pavment
wating to just get a glimpse of a man just a man they all wanted to be
like..look at the word Robinson wrote look some of them up like Whenever
this means every time and always the tone changes in the 11 stanza the way
they think after he is dead the peopl are still ENVY......

Vicki Johnson from United States
Comment 24 of 261, added on May 15th, 2005 at 11:22 PM.

this poem was such a good thing for the people to read.It lets me realize
that not all people extavagant people we think off live contentedly..just
like Richard Cory who seems to be a wealthy person who have everything but
then killed himself maybe of loneliness...

marie antoinette from Philippines
Comment 23 of 261, added on May 15th, 2005 at 2:31 PM.

this poem is dumb because i have to do a report on it :-(

Suzi the great from United States
Comment 22 of 261, added on May 10th, 2005 at 8:58 PM.

I had to do a school project for my drama class with one wise Mr. Slade,
and i looked through all of his poem books and i found this one. It
interigued (spelt that worng, but whatever) me because it sounds almost
like me, except for the bullet though the head part.

Kathryn Smith from United States

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Poet: Edwin Arlington Robinson
Poem: Richard Cory
Added: Feb 4 2004
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