Richard Cory Essay

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Many poems lead us into someone’s life. Some poems are upbeat while others deal with much more serious matters. This is the case with the poem, “Richard Cory”, in which the character, Richard Cory, kills himself. “Richard Cory” written by Edwin Arlington Robinson, tells the story of a wealthy man named Richard Cory. His success seems to have brought nothing but good, he‘s incredibly rich, respected, and highly admired. However, he abruptly ends it all one day. Much to everyone’s surprise, he decides to shoot himself. Paul Simon did a variation on Robinson’s poem. Both tell the same story they have several similarities and differences. Edwin Arlington Robinson’s poem and Paul Simon’s song have several similarities. Both describe Richard Cory as a rich man who leads a wealthy lifestyle. In both the poem and the song, the narrators seems to be envious of Richard Cory. For example, the narrator in Simon’s song says, “And I curse the life I’m livin’”, “And I wish that I could be Richard Cory.” In Robinson’s poem, the speaker comes to the conclusion that Richard Cory has everything a human being should have. Making them envious, saying, “To make us wish that we were in his place.” The speakers in both the poem and song seem to be envious of Richard Cory, but they never say anything bad about him. The poem and the song end the same way: Richard Cory went home “and put a bullet through his head”. They just end with no explanation as to why Richard Cory killed himself. Edwin Arlington Robinson’s poem and Paul Simon’s song have many similarities however, they also have differences. In Paul Simon’s song, the narrator works in Richard Cory’s factory. Since he works in Cory’s factory he gets a glimpse of his extravagant lifestyle. The speaker in Edwin Arlington Robinson’s poem seems to be an average person who observes Cory’s life from afar, “Whenever Richard Cory went down
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