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The father was a successful lumber, merchant and local politician in Alna, He described his childhood in Maine as "stark and unhappy"his parents, having wanted a girl, did not name him until he was six months old, By Edwin Arlington Robinson The main character is Richard Cory a wealthy well known all around good fellow. The speaker of this poem ( belongs to the lower class. A worker of his ). The setting of the poem takes place in the middle of downtown , it then shifts to Richards Cory's business when the workers hear about Richard Cory's death, the major action in the poem is the death of Richard Cory and the motive behind sudden suicide. Richard Cory is basically an ironic poem. It deals with the irony that rich people are not happy with their life, and that the poor think that wealth will guarantee happiness in theirn lives. Richard Cory, the character is also an individual who represents the irony of modern American life. Class is handled in this poem , people are separated into rich and poor, a mjor reason for this is that the poem was written during an economic depression/panic in 1893. There are stereotypes in this poem,
classification is brought in to play
in that being rich, your life has no problems ,
there's nothing to worry about because they are
fed, clothed, they have everything at hand in the
end basically, fed from the golden spoon .
And that “poor life” , its hard, they have
nothing and are constantly worrying about
basic necessities so they aren't able to enjoy
life. But it's completely opposite; yes, money
can buy you what want, such as the material things in the world but those material posssions come and go, just giving
you a "sense" of happiness for a brief moment in
a lifetime , true happiness cannot be bought.
Happiness is a state of being. Richard Cory
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.
Edwin Arlington Robinson "Richard Cory" is a narrative poem written by Robinson. It was first published in 1897, as part of "The Children of the Night", it was completed in July on that same year, and remains one of Robinson's most popular poems. Robinson's early life had some difficulities causing many of his poems to have a pessimistic demeanor. His stories to deal with the American dream gone “awry”, twisted and disconnected . During the making of the poem, the US economy suffered from a severe depression caused by the "Panic of 1893" , people often subsisted on day-old bread, as alluded in the poem's prominence of poverty and wealth, and food. There’s the classic theme of not judging people by their appearance; rather, there is more to a man than what appears on the surface. The idea that money cannot buy happiness is also suggested. The speaker also says that they did
not eat the bread they
could get and they
went without the
meat that they
could not get. They
cursed the bread
they could get!
This is ironic; those
who get something like
something else, something
better, and those who do not get it are dreaming of it, somewhere else. Fin Brief history behind the poem.. A little bit about Edwin Arlington Robinson..