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Analysis and comments on Richard Cory by Edwin Arlington Robinson

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Comment 11 of 261, added on January 28th, 2005 at 1:11 PM.

This poem really spoke to me. It told me that to some people physical
things are everything and to some others they could care less about them.
Never judge a book by its cover.

Aaren Rivard from United States
Comment 10 of 261, added on January 24th, 2005 at 7:19 PM.

This poem speaks about society and how young people are influenced by

Paige from United States
Comment 9 of 261, added on January 10th, 2005 at 8:25 PM.

i love this poem! it cracks me up!!!

Reggie from United States
Comment 8 of 261, added on December 28th, 2004 at 12:08 AM.

This poem is one of the best examples of how we cope with life. Either we
change or we die. Its as simple as that. We hide our identities and make
everyone believe that we're in command, that nothing can ever shatter our
resolve. In the end, it's still the same old story: we're just fooling
ourselves and everybody else. Nobody knows us enough so everyone else will
simply judge us by how we carry ourselves.

Arkaytan from Philippines
Comment 7 of 261, added on December 21st, 2004 at 7:38 AM.

i think Richard Cory is one of the best poems I have ever read. To me, it
shows that someone can have everything in the world; money, estates, lands
etc. but if they don't have someone to share it with , it's as though they
don't have it at all. Richard Cory had no mention of family, friends, or
pets. so, i would say that he was lonely and depressed slightly. So he put
a bullet through his head. A really remarkble poem that caught my

maria prass from United States
Comment 6 of 261, added on December 5th, 2004 at 4:17 PM.

This is very typical of Robinson: the very last lines are decisive.They
tell us about spiritual emptiness of the character behind the glitter of
his appearance. It is not misunderstanding or envy of others that made him
commit suicide, but his own lack of firm spiritual ground.The theme so
common to the poet's contemporaries.

MB from Germany
Comment 5 of 261, added on November 30th, 2004 at 11:22 AM.

It is One of the best poems, it shows how ironic it is that someone who has
everything still has nothing. I'm donig a poem explication of it. I have
already wrote enough info about the poem to talk for 5 min., it is a poem
evryone should read

Laura Harper from United States
Comment 4 of 261, added on November 22nd, 2004 at 7:21 AM.

like some people, i for one have also never heard of this poem until my
english teacher assigned me to read it. The poem was one of the best I've
read. it's wry, cerebral, and ironic. The idiom is itself "admirably
schooled". What's good, is that I learned something from it!-how little we
really know about the lives of others!

andrea laurel from Philippines
Comment 3 of 261, added on November 18th, 2004 at 2:03 PM.

I had never heard of this poem until I read an article recently where
Michel Eisner of the Walt Disney Co. quoted it. The article was about a
lawsuit of whether Michael Ovitz deserved all the severance pay that he
received in hundreds of milions of dollars when he was released from his
top dog Disney job. The board of directors wanted the money back.
Apparently, Eisner was afraid that Ovitz, at the time, would have committed
suicide. Like how Richard Cory put a bullet in his head.

Alice Rafidi from United States
Comment 2 of 261, added on September 24th, 2004 at 11:18 AM.

Richard Cory is one of the top ten poems ever written. I also love Bewick
Finzer and Llewellyn And The Tree and many many more. My other favorite
poet is Thomas Hardy.

My Book: Bedlam In A One Man Band (available online) A 2nd book
forthcoming in mid 2005.

Dan 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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