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Richard Cory Poem Analysis Whenever Richard Cory went down town, We people on the pavement looked at him:

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Kaven Morasse Introduction to Poetry Glenn Gavin April 18th, 2005 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. ...read more.


Moreover, the hero unconsciously strengthens these false ideas when he simply says "Good-morning". It is easy to perceive their envy towards him in its richness by looking at the emphasis that the author put on line nine by adding the word, "yes"; "he was rich - yes, richer than a king". They also see Richard as someone who is "admirably schooled in every grace". When looking at the surface of this poem, the first three stanzas only show people's willingness to idealize and honour a man that reflect their inside aspirations of having a perfect existence. They wish they could be just like him. Then, they realize that they are just workers and feel that they are stuck in this pattern (people on the pavement). Looking deeper within this poem permits us to comprehend why the people are blind to see their own chance of having non-material values such as a good surrounding; which Richard Cory has not. In this poem, the collective "we" speaks as a unit. There is a significant contrasts between this "unit" and Richard Cory when this "unit" is composed of many compared to Richard who is alone. ...read more.


This, combined with the fact that Richard's general way of communicative attempt was "always human" demonstrates that he really tried to talk with people. This allegation is proved when he said "Good-morning". Moreover, he said it with fluttering pulses and he then glittered while walking; showing perfectly the attitude of someone feeling rejected by others. Besides, nowhere in the poem is it suggested that people try approaching him or even answering him. The people, in their adoration, have simply erected a barrier around themselves and it is very possible to imagine their only reaction to Cory is admiration and silence. Richard suicide can thus be seen as the result of the constant and unconscious worship of the people imprisoning him. So it is almost as if the people, unwillingly, pointed the gun at his head and Richard Cory was the one who pulled the trigger. Finally, the beauty of this poem is found in the fact that the motive to Richard's commitment to death will always remain a mystery. Thus, then studied in depth, the most interesting part is probably to imagine all the different interpretations that might lie under Cory's suicide. To conclude, this situational ironic story shows that appearances do not always reflect the true picture of man's inner being. Richard Cory is not a King; he is human. ...read more.

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