Edwin Arlington Robinson

Maine / United States
Edwin Arlington Robinson
Maine / United States
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Richard Cory

Rating: 4.1
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 -
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Sandra Leydig 26 April 2021
I have loved this poem since I first read it in high school many years ago. No one can truly know what is in another's heart regardless of outward appearances.
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Catherine Kipp 16 February 2021
a poem you are not likely to forget. the moment i read it i knew he would be a favorite poet.
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2004done 28 July 2020
I'm not sure Mr Robinson's poem would be applicable to Jeffrey Epstein's suicide, at all.
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michael walker. 29 July 2019
I taught this poem in high school and I still like it very much. Richard Cory's suicide seems at odds with the precise rhymes and meter. Where people are concerned, appearances can be deceptive.
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Rachel granger 25 June 2019
Shake me wake
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Harry Nugent 06 December 2018
My father, When mom left, he said one day that he would do it. In life, dad always kept his word.
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Ilene G T 10 October 2018
I read this poem in junior high school in the early '60's. I rediscovered it when Simon and Garfunkel put it to music; I'm not sure which album, but it's certainly worth listening to.
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John Herling 15 March 2019
The album was The Sounds of Silence (1965) .
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Carol Quinn Cowels 06 September 2018
I never forgot reading this poem when I was in High School,1958, thereabouts. The message remained with me, although I could not remember the author nor poem title. Yesterday, I heard Evangelist Begg recite ' Richard Cory'. Amazing.
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John Herling 15 March 2019
The poem was " Richard Cory" , by Edward Arlington Robinson, from his Spoon River Anthology (1915) .
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Patrick Hannaford 08 August 2018
The people wanted to be like Richard Corey. Be careful what you wish for. To walk in Richard’s shoes is to walk with unbearable suffering.
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Margaret Patterson 14 July 2018
I am Richard Cory. Not rich, just expected to be strong and capable. So not
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