In Edward Arlington Robinson's poem "Richard Cory" the narrator of the poem spends a full three stanzas to describe a man, a very rich man, successful man, very well educated, and admired by the people in his town, named Richard Cory. He was the object of every one's attention. "We people on the pavement looked at him"(5). Although his financial success, and very well educated, he takes his own life. The poem idea is hat money can't buy happiness.
In Edward Arlington Robinson's poem "Richard Cory" we see a portrayal of a rich man unhappy for his life.
The theme of the poem is that people should never judge other people by their appearance. Appearances are sometimes deceiving. The narrator paints Richard Cory as a ...view middle of the document...
“And he was rich, yes, richer than a king, and admirably schooled in every grace”(10). It is in human nature to want to be in the place of somebody else, like Richard Cory. Everyone wants to be admired and honored. Unfortunately, it is not the way of life. To finish this this admirable picture of this successful man, the narrator says, “In fine, we thought that he was everything to make us wish that we were in his place.”(10). After the narrator finishes to describe this wonderful man in the three stanzas above. In the first two lines of the fourth stanza, the narrator says: “So on we worked, and waited for the light,
and went without the meat, and cursed the bread.”(15). The narrator describes a poor financial and social state. We think everything is going perfectly for Richard Cory. Suddenly, in the first two lines in the last stanza, the narrator says:
“And Richard Cory, one calm summer night, went home and put a bullet through his head”(15).
Irony is used in this poem to show appearances may be deceiving. When reading the poem from the first line to the third stanza., we didn’t see any imperfection. However, something was missing, and he took his life.
The voice in this poem is the poet himself and the people of Cory’s town.
I would describe the tone as ironic. Every person wanted to be like “Richard Cory”. Every body wanted to be admired and honored.
“Richard Cory” is the portrait of a man who appears to have everything. He was very rich, successful, very well educated, and admired by the people in his town. Every one is jealous, and wants to be in his place. The poem ends with a tragedy. He was rich, but something was missing, and he took his life.