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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,
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.


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

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  • 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

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Poems About Suicide

  1. 1. Richard Cory , Edwin Arlington Robinson
  2. 2. A Ballade Of Suicide , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  3. 3. Suicide In The Trenches , Siegfried Sassoon
  4. 4. An Almost Made Up Poem , Charles Bukowski
  5. 5. Call It A Good Marriage , Robert Graves
  6. 6. A Song Of Suicide , Robert William Service
  7. 7. The Suicide's Argument , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  8. 8. A Word For The Hour , John Greenleaf Whittier
  9. 9. Epigram On A Suicide , Robert Burns
  10. 10. The House Of Dust: Part 03: 09: Cabaret , Conrad Potter Aiken
  11. 11. Lays Of Sorrow , Lewis Carroll
  12. 12. Ballade Of A Special Edition , Amy Levy
  13. 13. From 'Religious Musings' , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  14. 14. My Suicide , Robert William Service
  15. 15. On The Fire Suicides Of The Buddhists , Charles Bukowski
  16. 16. Exeat , Stevie Smith
  17. 17. Suicide's Stone , Robinson Jeffers
  18. 18. Suicide Note , Anne Sexton
  19. 19. Sylvia's Death , Anne Sexton
  20. 20. The Double Image , Anne Sexton
  21. 21. Rhyme Against Living , Dorothy Parker
  22. 22. If You Only Knew , Robert Desnos
  23. 23. Less Time , Andre Breton
  24. 24. The Suicide , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  25. 25. Argument For Suicide , William Wordsworth
  26. 26. The Last Days Of The Suicide Kid , Charles Bukowski
  27. 27. Dear Colette , Erica Jong
  28. 28. At The Executed Murderer's Grave , James Arlington Wright
  29. 29. Resumé , Dorothy Parker
  30. 30. Legends , Stephen Crane
  31. 31. The Wizard Way , Aleister Crowley
  32. 32. Bag Of Mice , Nick Flynn
  33. 33. Suicide. , Lisa French
  34. 34. Suicide, Suicide , Amber Zitzloff
  35. 35. Suicide , Jennifer Rondeau
  36. 36. Biglive, Smallsuicide, Biglaugh, Smallsu.. , Michelle Dickson
  37. 37. Depression Isn'T Obvious Suicide Is , Amy Louise Kerswell
  38. 38. *(I Remember) When Suicide Was Just A .. , Christopher's Dead
  39. 39. Why Commit Suicide? , Sylvia Chidi
  40. 40. Suicide , Lizzie Resendiz
  41. 41. A Valentine In Pain , Mark R Slaughter
  42. 42. Suicide , Kathryn Miller
  43. 43. What A Beautiful Suicide , Lisa French
  44. 44. Is Suicide Really Suicide , Lil Jam Jam
  45. 45. Her Bliss , Mark R Slaughter
  46. 46. Suicide , Sarah matthews
  47. 47. Suicide (Remix) , Sarah matthews
  48. 48. Suicide , Mark R Slaughter
  49. 49. She Often Spoke , Jesse Weiner
  50. 50. Two Mothers , Colin Ian Jeffery
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