Richard Cory Summary

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The poem “Richard Cory” by Ewin Arlington Robinson is one that I and many others can relate to in one way or another. Whether they relate to Richard Cory, who has it all or the townspeople wanting more. The theme we see in this poem is that money does not buy happiness. It tells the story of a wealthy man that everyone looks up to but little do they know he has issues of his own. The people are so blinded by his fortune that they don’t notice his sadness that drove him to suicide. Robinson was trying to spread the message that less is more. You should make the most of what you have. In the first stanza, I felt like the poem was going to have an entertaining side to it, up until the last stanza when the mood changed to an eerie one. The connection I made with this poem was one with the townspeople. These people looked up to Richard Cory because, “he was rich –yes, richer than a kind and admiringly schooled in every grace,” always wanting more than they had. Nevertheless, being blinded by what really goes on behind closed doors of the upper class. This is especially something that relates to my life lately with the “popular” kids at school. They may have it all together on the outside, but no one truly knows what goes on inside their mind and what struggles they are personally dealing with. Ordinarily, the phrase, “and Richard Cory, one calm summer night, went home and put a bullet through his head,” is one that stuck out to me most of all. The poem creates a picture of a
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