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Comment 93 of 153, 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 153, 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 153, 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 153, 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
Anthony Mangano from United States
Comment 89 of 153, 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
from United States
Comment 88 of 153, 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
Comment 87 of 153, added on May 5th, 2009 at 11:41 PM.
The poem “Richard Cory” by Edward Arlington Robinson was written about a
man who, to the people around him, seemed happy and satisfied with his
life. What they did not know about Richard Cory was that although he was
“richer than a king”; he felt a sadness or loneliness inside of him,
causing him to commit suicide. Robinson’s meaning behind this poem is that
a person’s appearance doesn’t always show how they really feel. Also,
Robinson was very lonely throughout his life, just like Richard Cory may
have been in this poem as Robinson did not mention any friends or family to
Cory. This suggests that people just needs to feel like they are welcome or
they part of something; they do not need to have money to be happy.
Fiona Carter from United States
Comment 86 of 153, 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 153, 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 153, 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
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