The first two lines of the poem are "Whenever Richard Cory went down town,/We people on the pavement looked at him." After only reading those two lines and not knowing what the poem was about, I thought Richard Cory must be someone very special. When finishing the first stanza, I thought to myself, "Who is this man and why are they so star-strucked by him?" After reading it again, I found that maybe the "people on the pavement" worked for a low salary and rarely saw anybody that looked, dressed, and conducted themselves in a pleasing manner. The bystanders are probably questioning what a man with such taste and an aristocrat would be doing in that part of town.
When I read the second stanza, I could hear his deep smooth voice, "...he fluttered pulses when he said,/Good Morning..." The moment I read "he fluttered pulses" when he talked, I could see young girls giggle, older women getting warm feelings inside, and men being surprised to hear his voice even though they've heard it before. When the poem read, "he was always human when he talked," I did not quite understand. Soon afterward, I realized the... [continues]
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