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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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The rest of these analysis are cliche'. Depression this, appearance that, money can't buy happiness. I am amused by a couple though. The firearm safety and the ". . . life is shit" analysis were the most amusing. Maybe the meaning of the poem isn't meant to be quite as difficult to process as we make it out to be. Maybe Robinson wanted to expose readers to the idea of mystery. By leaving out peronal details of Cory's life this should seem evident. Maybe it was just meant to be a mystery. Or, maybe all of the other analysis were accurate. I think that Richard Cory was just bored.

| Posted on 2013-09-09 | by a guest


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It makes me to realise that we cant replace our familys and friends by fame and fortune. They are the one whose always there in times of trouble and burdens.

| Posted on 2013-07-20 | by a guest


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Obviously, Mr. Cory was unhappy.Why? It is irrelevant.
The message of the poem to the rest of us is to be grateful for what we have. Envy creates emptiness and want. Looking at others and attempting to evaluate their existence is futile. Rarely is anything as it appears.We all put on our game face every day. Mr. Cory may have \"glittered\" as he walked, and we may long for the \"light\" at the end of the tunnel, but all that \"glitters\" is not gold.

| Posted on 2013-04-21 | by a guest


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Richard Cory was recently discussed in our class. Most of my classmates said that Richard Cory committed suicide because he was unhappy..
I agree with most of my classmates. I think that, material things don\'t give you happiness. It gives you satisfaction. Satisfaction is very different from being happy. When you\'re satisfied, it only gives you temporary happiness. Family, friends, good health, and true love gives you endless happiness. With all the riches that Richard Cory had, he lacked one thing that meant a lot:TO BE LOVED

| Posted on 2013-03-10 | by a guest


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You cannot judge a book by looking at its cover. The poem is all about it.

| Posted on 2012-12-03 | by a guest


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I think the poem is a plea for others to practice firearm safety. Cory was cleaning his gun and accidentally shot himself.he had no reason to shoot himself on purpose. He had it all and lost it in an instant, due to his negligence. Sad.

| Posted on 2012-10-05 | by a guest


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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 needed not admiration but love and compassion from people. They did not know the emptiness he felt and how he needed someone to be his friend.

| Posted on 2012-06-04 | by a guest


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One can be perfect as perceived by others but deep inside he needed not admiration but love and compassion from people. They did not know the emptiness he felt and how he needed someone to be his friend.

| Posted on 2012-06-04 | by a guest


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One can be perfect as perceived by others but deep inside he needed not admiration but love and compassion from people. They did not know the emptiness he felt and how he needed someone to be his friend.

| Posted on 2012-06-04 | by a guest


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\"Richard Cory\" is a tragic poem. While others looked on with envy at what appeared to be a perfect life, Richard Cory was drowning from a lack of contentment, fulfillment, meaning, purpose, and love. He had it all, yet happiness was still out of his reach. What is it to gain the world, yet forfit your soul? Wealth, status, and success cannot satisfy. Health, friendships, and intimate relationships cannot bring satisfaction. Only true and unconditional love can bring purpose, meaning, and fulfillment. This great love is only found in Jesus Christ. If we are truly honest with ourselves then we will realize that no matter how much wealth and achievements we have sought after and aquired, a feeling of emptiness still lingers. Only Jesus Christ can fill this void and replace the hopelessness, despair, and emptiness with unending joy, peace, hope, and love.

| Posted on 2012-03-12 | by a guest


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We are doing this play in our theatre program at school. It touches me and we constantly debate on the true meaning. We are currently trying to spice it up by adding a modern \"occupy\" feel to it.

| Posted on 2012-02-24 | by a guest


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When my teacher in english, read to us the story of richard cory, at first i thought it would be just boring so i just ignore it at first but in the end i just got back reading to it when my teacher read to us that He commit suicide! My classmates and I never stop asking why he commit suicide, then my teacher yelled and tell us to read it again individually then when we already analyzed it, all of us recite and in that it seems that we learned many things from the poem such as BEING PERFECT IS NOT THE REASON TO MAKE YOUR LIFE TO THE FULLEST! AND HE GOT EVERYTHING SO HE HAD NO REASON TO LIVED.(I answered to my teacher)

| Posted on 2012-01-16 | by a guest


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Richard Cory is not about Richard Cory. It\'s about you and me. We can always imagine some way our lives could be better. The truth is if we had that, whatever it is. We would just come up with still another way our life could be better. Any life is incomplete and all life ultimately end in death. Suicide is the final attempt to control the uncontrollable.

| Posted on 2011-11-30 | by a guest


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I read this in high school more than 45years ago, I can still remember most of it by heart. Why it popped up in my head today is as much of a
mystery as to why Richard Cory ended his life the way he did. I always imagined that something occurred that was about to change his life. Or
perhaps a love affair gone terribly wrong. I have learned through the years that money ,as important as it is, cannot replace good health,family, friends and true love. Lack or loss of a loved one can bring the total despair and hopelessness that can lead one to end it all. Though a companion is never mentioned it is hard to believe that a man in his position would not be a prime catch for someone like Richard Cory.

| Posted on 2011-11-24 | by a guest


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I disagree with the above post with the video game example. You said Richard Cory had completed his life and that was why he committed suicide, however, he was far from complete because he had yet to experience love and friendship. You never stop having new experiences in your life, new ones will always come, so don`t give up when it seems like life has nothing left to offer.

| Posted on 2011-11-15 | by a guest


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A man who wanted more out of life than just money---after he thought that money would buy him \"everything\". Money can not buy a person love, friendship or respect. Those are things that must be earned. My father always taught me that true friendship is more valuable than anything. He said that if you have just this many TRUE friends (holding up one finger), then consider yourself blessed. Because a true friend will never leave you; that friend will always be at your side, no matter what, defending you. And you will do the same for that friend, all throughout your lives.

| Posted on 2011-11-07 | by a guest


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I think that richard cory is not contented being the riches person and he want to be happy ant thats the reason why he suicide because hes not happy in his life

| Posted on 2011-10-11 | by a guest


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I don\'t think this poem has anything to do with \"internal conflicts\" or \"depression\", as many of you seem to believe. I personally think the root meaning behind the piece about how he felt like he \"completed life\". Let me use a video game analogy; when you play a video game and lose, you keep playing and playing no matter how hard it is because its fun and enjoyable. But what happens once you beat the game? - Once the game is defeated, its not any fun to play anymore. This is just like life, once you have everything, you no longer have goals to create and nothing seems fun.

| Posted on 2011-10-10 | by a guest


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I remember reading this poem in school and feeling such sadness for Richard Cory--the man that others perceive as having \"everything\". I remember crying for Richard Cory and his inward struggle which I believe was depression. One can put on a pretty solid performance to others, particularly when you are a living legend as Richard Cory was to the townspeople. He was wealthy, refined and well turned out. He bore quite a burden of fame and success.
The poem speaks more of the townspeople\'s desire to be like Richard Cory for all his outward displays of perfection. It interests me to note that most comments here assume that Richard Cory was unattached. He may have been married and/or had children or even grandchildren. It is possible that when you slice down the reality of it all, he had a life that appeared meaningful and rich to others but was more than he could bare. It is easier to imagine that he was lonely and that is what made him unhappy but depression selects people from every income bracket and marital status. When I cried for Richard Cory I cried for a desperate man who had lost the will to live.

| Posted on 2011-08-23 | by a guest


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i think richard is an ugly fat pooh who has eaten too many dragon\'s droppings no affence but how weerd that he used a gun and not a knive. he is a gaebo

| Posted on 2011-08-15 | by a guest


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You guys think to far into things he just wanted to put a twist on the story, and he became depressed

| Posted on 2011-06-24 | by a guest


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the reader may have free speculate why Richard Cory attempt suicide. I think Richard have a lot of money but he didn\'t happy.because he doesn\'t have the joyfull of life....

| Posted on 2011-05-16 | by a guest


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Richard obviously had an internal conflict.... this is a matter of appearance versus reality. People wanted to be like when at the same time he wanted to take his life. This internal conflict might have stemmed from the fact that he was alone,hence this also shows us that true happiness does not come from wealth

| Posted on 2011-05-10 | by a guest


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Put into historical context, perhaps Mr. Cory lost his fortune and did not want to be relegated to being one of the commoners like the speaker in the poem...therefore he took his own life, much like the people who committed suicide during and after the market crase in 1929.

| Posted on 2011-05-01 | by a guest


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Maybe this poem was driven by the own narrator\'s experience with someone he knew and he wrote it to express his thoughts

| Posted on 2011-04-21 | by a guest


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The reason why Richard Cory had taken his life one calm summer night is still a mystery. People say because he was not happy, he had no family, no friends. In my opinion, there is more to that. Have you ever considered that maybe he was tired of his life? He was tired of constantly being judged, of constantly being envied. Maybe he just wanted to fit in, to be accepted and be seen not as a superior being but as a friend, a fellow human being. It is true, that this may not be a good enough reason for him to kill himself but I think, this feeling of being singled out in society was a great factor on his suicide. Maybe this feeling was what added to the lack of happiness that he had bore for almost his life. Maybe it ws just too much.

| Posted on 2011-04-14 | by a guest


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I THINK RICHARD CORY WAS UNHAPPY. HE DIDN\'T HAD ANY FAMILY AND NO LOVE ONES.

| Posted on 2011-02-21 | by a guest


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I THINK RICHARD CORY WAS UNHAPPY. HE DIDN\'T HAD ANY FAMILY AND NO LOVE ONES.

| Posted on 2011-02-21 | by a guest


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You cannot see how a person feels by looking at their outside appearance. Some people are mentally ill and are tortured inside.

| Posted on 2011-02-17 | by a guest


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In \"Richard Cory\", the speaker is one of the \"people on the pavement [who] looked at him\", an admirer. The theme of this poem is that a person\'s appearance doesn\'t always say everything about them. (External appearence does not tell the inner workings of a person.)

| Posted on 2011-02-15 | by a guest


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Richard Cory shows us that people doesn\'t have satisfaction in life. People are not contented with what they have that may lead for that particular people to commit suicide.

| Posted on 2011-02-03 | by a guest


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Richard Cory shows us that people doesn\'t have satisfaction in life. People are not contented with what they have that may lead for that particular people to commit suicide.

| Posted on 2011-02-03 | by a guest


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Richard corey is simply an example of a major downfall of human nature: the need to be liked. He acts as though he is a great man and traines his body to be admirable as well but, when he sees how much he had to live up to he knows it is un- attainable and kills himself at the realization that,hes been living a lie. Just my thoughts. There are many possible themes.

| Posted on 2011-01-02 | by a guest


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Happiness counts, without happiness life is meaningless. Richard Cory had it all, he had the look, he had the style, he had lots of money. He had everything that made people looked up to him. But to himself he was missing something in life that was more important that all he had. He was missing a family and friends in order to gain happiness. He lived with lots of people liking him and wanted to be in his place, but since he was not happy, he decided to take himself away from earth by putting a bullet in his head and ended his life.

| Posted on 2010-11-28 | by a guest


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Richard Cori is one of those poems,which tells about that doesn\'t matter how rich or famous you are important is to be happy.IN your apparence you look like you have everything but the truth is diferent.This is how this guy looks first,and hi made the ather to see like hi is the perfect man.so hi had every thing but hi did not had the most important thing to be him happy and in my opinion the most iimportant thing is love.so hi missed love from someoneand this is why hi made suicide.

| Posted on 2010-10-06 | by a guest


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The ides that money cannot by happiness is also suggested

| Posted on 2010-10-06 | by a guest


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Richard Cory was a perfect man, whom everybody wanted to become, but people dont realize that the true happeniness isnt measured by material objects. He killed himself because he was in depression/no happiness.

| Posted on 2010-10-04 | by a guest


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People think that Richard Cory was the perfect man. but what they didn\'t know his real life he had. He was suffering the whole time and the towns people only saw what he had, but not what he didn\'t. Richard Cory shot himself to maybe teach a lesson the people, but not only that, he took his life to end the pain he went through.

| Posted on 2010-09-03 | by a guest




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