Saturday, October 26, 2019

Richard Cory Poem Analysis Whenever Richard Cory went down town, We :: English Literature

Richard Cory Poem Analysis Whenever Richard Cory went down town, We people on the pavement looked at him: Richard Cory Poem Analysis Whenever Richard Cory went down town, We people on the pavement looked at him: He was a gentleman from sole to crown, Clean favored, 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 through his head. Poetry has been an important part of the English language for many centuries. This art is so diverse and complete that some people spend their life studying it and many still have a lot to learn from it, even when approaching their death. Although the immensity of poetry content, this text will treat of only one great poem written in 1897 by Edwin Arlington Robinson; Richard Cory. This sixteen lines short story tells a lot about human irony. Richard Cory, a wealthy man, admired and envied by those who consider themselves less fortunate than he, unexpectedly commits suicide. The most intriguing part of this poem is the reason why he shot himself when he had everything? Through their own mental prejudices and exaggerations of reality, the people, by putting Cory on a higher level than them, also erected a communication barrier that later pushed Richard to commit suicide. We know Richard Cory only through the way that â€Å"We people on the pavement† see his exterior personality. Richard’s inner being, other than when he committed suicide, is never explicitly evealed. In the first fourteen lines of the poem all we learn about Richard Cory are the images that ordinary people (us) have from such a man who is almost seen as a king or a living god. First of all, in line two, the villagers demonstrate that they feel inferior to Cory when they name themselves the â€Å"people on the pavement†. This might have a connotation with homeless people or beggars; in their opinion, Richard is seen as a King â€Å"sole to crown† and them as his admiring subjects. Even his name, Richard Cory, evokes the name of the king â€Å"Richard Coeur de Lion†. Then, they describe him as a true gentleman, who was â€Å"always

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