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,
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

  • (10/10/2018 7:27:00 PM)


    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. (Report) Reply

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  • (9/6/2018 9:23:00 AM)


    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. (Report) Reply

  • (8/8/2018 8:20:00 PM)


    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. (Report) Reply

  • (7/14/2018 11:20:00 AM)


    I am Richard Cory. Not rich, just expected to be strong and capable. So not (Report) Reply

  • (6/29/2018 7:00:00 PM)


    Someone once said, You need to be quite a juggler if you have a reputation to keep up and a reputation to live down. (Report) Reply

  • (6/19/2018 10:13:00 AM)


    A beautiful poem no doubt. A whole novel in a few verses. I lovit (Report) Reply

  • (6/14/2018 12:24:00 PM)


    The two recent suicides of the famous and successful people reminded me of this poem.
    We'll never know, hopefully, that feeling.
    (Report) Reply

  • (6/10/2018 4:26:00 PM)


    This is most important after the celebrity suicides recently. (Report) Reply

  • (6/8/2018 5:33:00 PM)


    Richard Cory has stayed with me for 4 decades, especially during hard times. (Report) Reply

  • Oladehinde Temitayo (3/20/2018 5:09:00 AM)


    I like this poem so much, a day can not go by that I will not read it. in one word my favorite (Report) Reply

  • (3/20/2018 4:55:00 AM)


    I like this poem so much, that I like to go through it everyday (Report) Reply

  • (1/28/2018 7:47:00 PM)


    This is the poem I told you about (Report) Reply

    (4/6/2018 11:23:00 AM)

    Thanks for showing me the poem, Grandpa! Can't wait to see you this Hanukkah!

  • (11/13/2017 1:12:00 PM)


    My mothers favorite poem. (Report) Reply

  • (11/6/2017 6:55:00 AM)


    This shows that all that is glitter is not gold, someone we envy may be dying inside without anyone knowing. It got to show that appearance can be deceptive. (Report) Reply

  • Youmpkang Bapkek  Bright S (4/10/2017 1:33:00 PM)


    physical appearance may be deceptive (Report) Reply

  • Georgie Hilderman (3/18/2017 11:32:00 AM)


    Beautiful poem...beautiful lines and description. (Report) Reply

  • Sylvaonyema Uba (2/11/2017 11:02:00 PM)


    He was a gentleman from soul to crown.

    But all that glitters is not gold.
    Life is full of surprises.
    Don't judge a book by its cover.
    Good poem!

    Sylva-Onyema Uba
    (Report) Reply

  • (1/3/2017 4:03:00 PM)

    tom allport
    things never seem what we think they are, sad poem. (Report) Reply

  • Paul Inman (11/26/2016 1:44:00 PM)

    paul inman
    I studied American and British literature in the 70's and not much has changed. O there are exceptions, but there are numerous Corey's, not all rich. The clinic and office chairs are filled with the visible and not-so-visible Corey's seeking satisfaction of soul and peaceful reflections. May the true meaning of Christmas bring them deliverance and true worth. God bless! (Report) Reply

  • (7/28/2016 3:42:00 AM)


    Very poignantly depicts how we make wrong assumptions about people (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Monday, May 21, 2012


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