Edwin Arlington Robinson

(22 December 1869 – 6 April 1935 / Maine / United States)

Richard Cory - Poem by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Whenever Richard Cory went down town,
We people on the pavement looked at him:
He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
........................
........................
read full text »


Comments about Richard Cory by Edwin Arlington Robinson

  • Rookie - 0 Points Switch Fields (8/27/2015 5:45:00 PM)

    This poem has stuck with me for more than 35 years. I was thinking of today, and came here to read it, because I finally understand the poem.

    From the outside looking in, his life is a complete success by any objective standard... happy, wealthy, appears in good physical, possesses all of the necessities and reasonable luxuries of life. To everyone, he is the successful Richard Cory.

    But he is just dying on the inside. He feels hopelessness and despair. He feels isolated and alone. I cannot talk to anyone because, of course, they are expecting him to be Richard Cory. He could not possibly walk up to someone and say, I am not okay. I am not alright, because that is not in keeping with his character and stature and responsibilities, and perhaps the stifling expectations heaped upon him. Richard Cory is always suppose to be okay. In fact, he has no legitimate reason to feel otherwise. But he does. And after days and weeks and perhaps years, he finds this condition unbearable.

    The poem is a cautionary tale and a reminder that we need to be sympathetic and understanding and outreaching with our fellow human beings. The face that one holds up to the world may not be what he or she actually feels inside, and sometimes, the conditions and circumstances of one's life will isolate him from even loved ones and those closest to him. So ask, genuinely listen, and empathize. Someone close to you, even someone who appears to be fine, might need you today. (Report) Reply

    2 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Rookie - 263 Points Sofia Kioroglou (8/14/2015 5:57:00 AM)

    An exquisite piece of poetry! I was really awed while reading it! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 32 Points Mazda Rahimi (7/2/2015 7:19:00 AM)

    I love it, This is absolutely spectacular (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Angel Clark (6/25/2015 11:51:00 PM)

    I love it 😍😩😩 (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 8,045 Points Herbert Guitang (6/15/2015 1:43:00 AM)

    Like a wave-flowing poem. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,715 Points Michael Walker (1/31/2015 5:55:00 PM)

    I taught this poem in high schools. I like the stanza form, rhymes, one of the town's people speaking (persona)
    and the surprise ending. The themes of envy and deceptive appearances are genuine. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Shimitu Kouta (7/3/2014 12:14:00 AM)

    This poem reminds of my one freind, Akira. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 22,689 Points * Sunprincess * (6/17/2014 9:56:00 PM)

    .............I feel he made the wrong choice in life...he would have been a happy man..... if he would have shared his wealth with everyone in town.....contributed to charities.....built a boys and girls club.....a new library, hospital and church....anything to help others, would have helped him to lead a fulfilling life.... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Mima Walid (6/16/2014 6:08:00 PM)

    It's one of my best poems i've read til now, it teaches us a valuable lesson that appearences should never matter. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 8,045 Points Herbert Guitang (4/25/2014 8:26:00 AM)

    This poem is so memorable and immortal. Highly appraised (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,282 Points Nika Mcguin (2/18/2014 6:58:00 PM)

    I remember reading this in highschool, Its nice to find it again on this site. I love a poem that leaves impact on your memory like this. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 95 Points Thomas Vaughan Jones (2/18/2014 12:58:00 PM)

    Whatever Richard Cory was, whatever Richard Cory did, he earned immortality through this poem written in perfect meter. Which is what one would expect from Edwin Arlington, a Prince among poets. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 5 Points David J Mcdonagh (2/18/2014 5:05:00 AM)

    Paul Simon wrote a song based on this poem, which was recorded by Simon and Garfunkel, and covered by Them (Van Morrison's band) . (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Anna Warren (2/6/2014 4:40:00 PM)

    It's more than just the saying money can't buy happiness or the obvious difference in class. Cory was separate from everyone, not of his own will (he spoke to them, wanted this interaction) , but they idolized him or his position and that kept him at a distance. He wasnt secretly depressed for no reason, it was the loneliness he felt everyday despite his attempts to socialize with the people. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,014 Points Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (11/18/2013 9:22:00 AM)

    Almost every one has a mask these days
    One of a perpetual smile or a long face
    But we may be wrong as it be a case
    Of them hiding their good or their mistakes

    I welcome every one reading this to my page too for your valuable comments please (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Samuel Salami (6/22/2013 9:51:00 AM)

    Read this sad poem while preparing for my Senior School Certificate Examination in 1996, to this dady, the theme of ''Appearance and Reality'' has remained glued to my brain. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Meow Moew (3/19/2013 5:15:00 PM)

    My english teacher was brilliant with presenting this poem to us. She read the first half, and then told us to write down what we thought of richard cory (without even telling us there was more to the poem) . Most of us said that he seemed perfect. I thought the poem was kind of boring. Then she read the second half, and the way she went about it gave that last line so much more impact. This is easily one of my favorite poems (if not my most favorite) . (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Mudnainah Farah (2/18/2013 10:57:00 PM)

    I remember reading this poem in my Language Arts class. It has a profound meaning behind it; wealth can not acquire happiness, contentment or tranquility. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 11 Points Kagiso Mogale (2/18/2013 4:40:00 AM)

    the poor guy didnt have anyone to talk to...If there's anything to learn from this poem is that no man is an island we all need friends and family. Don't let your career or money stand between you and your loved ones.
    Everybody needs somebody.... good things in life are priceless (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Clinton Rushing (12/3/2012 10:22:00 PM)

    Reminds me of Dennis Leery and the Kurt Cobain bit.... My bank account is full and my nutsack is empty, whaaa I think I'll go blow my brains out. Do we really all have nothing better to do that feel sorry for ourselves? And was this a new idea less than a hundred years ago? I see no greatness, no deeper meaning but feel sorry for those of us who dedicate our times to such nonsense. (Report) Reply










[Hata Bildir]