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,
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Comments about Richard Cory by Edwin Arlington Robinson

  • Ron Fletcher (1/24/2006 8:36:00 PM)

    I agree with Robert Shepard's comments on this poem last
    summer. I am up in the years now. When I was 18,19
    years old, this poem and other writings like Romans 8 in
    the Bible made an impact. What if a man gains the whole
    world and does not have hope? People don't know what
    is going on in my heart: there is the world that is and there
    is the world that we perceive. Did Richard Cory have any
    idea about God's mercy? I have had a certain type of
    reputation like Richard but I know dark side of things
    and the need for forgiveness-for self and for others.
    Remember the touching encounter that Jesus had with
    a young rich man? He wanted to follow Christ but his heart
    preferred the leverage of riches. When the young man walked
    away, it was noted that Jesus's heart was tugged.
    Richard Cory, you're still around. May there be somebody
    who is not deflected by your aura and make an effort
    to be your friend. (Report) Reply

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  • Robert Shepard (6/4/2005 6:16:00 PM)

    this was my favorite poem since jr high school (and i'm really not a poetry person) . i've even gone so far as to use the story line in a song i've written. but that's beside the point. it just shows you that you never know what's going on in somebody else's life or head. when you think, 'geez, i wish that were me, ' or 'he always gets everything handed to him, ' or 'if only i could be him, even for a day...' you have to realize that nobody has it any better than you. everyone has problems and things they have a hard time dealing with. of course you may deal with their problems differently than they do, or not even view their problems as 'problems.' but that doesn't mean that their problems are any less serious than YOURS! ! be happy that you're you. learn to realize that your life is fleeting, and happiness and oportunity are always there, you just have to find it on the plate you're eating off of at the moment. (Report) Reply

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