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In “Richard Cory”, Edwin Arlington Robinson uses irony, simplicity, and perfect rhyme to depict the theme of the poem. The rhyme in “Richard Cory” is almost song-like, and it continues throughout the whole poem. The theme of the poem is that appearances are deceiving. The poem is about a man who everyone thinks is a “gentleman from sole to crown”, who then commits suicide. Irony is used in the poem very skillfully to show that appearances may be deceiving. When reading the poem, you get caught up in the song-like rhythm and it intensifies the effect of the tragedy. You think that everything is going perfectly, and that the poem is going to have a happy ending until you get to the last two lines, which are, “And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,/ Went home and put a bullet through his head.” When Richard Cory kills himself at the end of the poem, it is as shocking to the reader as it is to everyone else in the poem who assumed him to be the all around perfect guy. It is ironical that the man who everyone else thought was “perfect”, was missing something, and took his life

Why does everyone want to be like someone else? It is human nature to want to be admired and honored. This is not right, though. Each and everyone person should be happy with who they are because just imagine if everyone were perfect and the same. The world would be quite boring. Edwin Robinson clearly shows us in his poem "Richard Cory" that the life of someone else may not be all what it is cracked up...

Richard Cory Analysis

Author: Poetry of Edwin Arlington Robinson Type: Poetry Views: 5478 | |

Whenever Richard Cory went down town,

We people on the pavement looked at him:

He was a gentleman from sole to crown,

Clean-favoured and imperially slim.

And he was always quietly arrayed,

And he was always human when he talked;

But still he fluttered pulses when he said,

"Good Morning!" and he glittered when he walked.

And he was rich, yes, richer than a king,

And admirably schooled in every grace:

In fine -- we thought that he was everything

To make us wish that we were in his place.

So on we worked and waited for the light,

And went without the meat and cursed the bread,

And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,

Went home and put a bullet in his head.

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I feel all the critics have missed the poems point.We all agree that the poet claims he knows the perfection of life.The ending is a total denial of the prceeding idea.Probably Robinson wanted us to realise that life is shit!

| Posted on 2012-08-22 | by a guest

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I think this poem is more about Richard Cory\'s admirers than it is about Cory. We really know nothing about why he committed suicide. We don\'t know whether he lived alone or had a family. We don\'t know if he was broke or if his fortunes were at an all-time high. Significantly, his admirers don\'t seem to know either. In fact, they seem to know very little about him at all and yet they envy him tremendously. Cory was envied by all for his wealth, appearance, and demeanor, but perhaps he was the most in need of friendship. Perhaps he tortured by some mental illness not caused by any external circumstances. Regardless of his reasons, it\'s safe to say that he wouldn\'t have been so envied if he\'d been truly understood. The poem warns us not to presume to understand the struggles of others. Rather than envy for others\' advantages, we should have gratitude for our own blessings and compassion for the battles others may be fighting.

| Posted on 2012-06-27 | by a guest

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One can be perfect as perceived by others but deep inside he...
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