Richard Cory Questions and Answers

Richard Cory

Richard Cory committed suicide because, despite all the things he had, his life was empty. The poet's message in the poem is that the traditionally sought-after objectives in life - social...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2008, 12:01 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

Richard Cory

One theme of this poem is that appearances can be deceiving. We cannot tell, just by looking at another person, what they are going through or dealing with personally and privately. Someone might...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2020, 10:52 am (UTC)

5 educator answers

Richard Cory

In the second stanza of the poem, the speaker states that Richard Cory "fluttered pulses" whenever he spoke. On a literal level, this means that when Richard speaks, he excites people to the point...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2017, 11:19 am (UTC)

2 educator answers

Richard Cory

Within the context of the poem "Richard Cory," the character of Richard Cory appears to have every reason to be happy. Indeed, the narrator of the poem continually presents him as the subject of no...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2021, 10:18 am (UTC)

4 educator answers

Richard Cory

The townspeople feel that Richard Cory is a "gentleman from sole to crown." He looks the part, as he is handsome and slim, and he carries himself very well. In short, they admire him. He is always...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2021, 12:39 pm (UTC)

2 educator answers

Richard Cory

To say that Richard Cory "glittered when he walked" and "fluttered pulses" when he spoke even the simplest and most mundane words shows how he is idealized by those around him. He is described as...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2017, 3:03 am (UTC)

2 educator answers

Richard Cory

Edwin Arlington Robinson shifts tones in his celebrated poem "Richard Cory" to create a surprising, ironic ending, which underscores the theme that appearances can be deceiving. For the majority of...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2021, 10:53 am (UTC)

5 educator answers

Richard Cory

The poem “Richard Cory” describes a man who seems very fortunate yet commits suicide. Through the glorious description of his character, the townspeople’s dazzled reaction to him, and finally his...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2016, 2:51 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

Richard Cory

The townspeople in Robinson's "Richard Cory" look at Richard Cory as an example of success based on his appearance and mood while walking around the town. This is why the ending of the poem—when...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2017, 6:44 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Richard Cory

The speaker in the poem speaks from a third-person limited point of view. He counts himself among the many admirers of Richard Cory, evidenced by the first word of the second line of the poem,...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2018, 4:08 pm (UTC)

2 educator answers

Richard Cory

I think there are two major social criticisms contained within the poem "Richard Cory." First, there is the poem's depiction of class inequality, by which Richard Cory's wealth and upper-class...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2021, 3:09 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

Richard Cory

In literature, the author provides an avenue for the reader to look at the world that he has created. This is the point of view which establishes how the work will be seen and heard. The...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2012, 3:34 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Richard Cory

The point of view is first person from the perspective of the people who live in the same town as Richard Cory. The point of view is revealed starting in the second line of the poem: Whenever...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2016, 3:49 am (UTC)

2 educator answers

Richard Cory

The final stanza of Edwin Arlington Robinson's "Richard Cory" reads as follows: So on we worked, and waited for the light, And went without the meat, and cursed the bread; And Richard Cory, one...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2021, 4:42 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Richard Cory

The speaker in this poem identifies himself in the second line as being one of "we people on the pavement." The speaker's observations of Richard Cory make clear the differences between the...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2018, 11:04 am (UTC)

2 educator answers

Richard Cory

Alliteration refers to the repetition of the initial consonant sound in words that are near one another. In lines 1-2, there is alliteration of the "w" sound in Whenever, went, and We. In line 2,...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2019, 2:41 pm (UTC)

2 educator answers

Richard Cory

"Richard Cory" by Edwin Arlington Robinson is a short narrative poem first published in 1897 in Robinson's book The Children of the Night. The language tends to be simple and direct; it uses fewer...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2017, 7:43 am (UTC)

2 educator answers

Richard Cory

"Richard Cory" by Edwin Arlington Robinson is a "narrative poem." The term "narrative poem" is used to describe a genre of poetry that tells a story. Although the work is formally a poem, in terms...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2018, 6:36 pm (UTC)

2 educator answers

Richard Cory

Richard Cory is a man that appears to have everything. He is handsome and well dressed. He was educated, polite, and rich (richer than a king). The people looking down are over-worked and...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2008, 5:54 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

Richard Cory

The townspeople look at Richard Cory with a mixture of admiration, envy, and awe. The crucial factor in their view of him is that he represents success, the achievement of having made money and yet...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2018, 6:01 am (UTC)

2 educator answers

Richard Cory

Richard Cory is depicted as a wealthy, classy man, who is relatively humble and kind. Richard Cory is portrayed as being a "gentleman from sole to crown" and "quietly arrayed," which indicates that...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2018, 4:17 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Richard Cory

The first stanza establishes the persona of Richard Cory as one set apart from the narrator and his ilk: Whenever Richard Cory went down town, We people on the pavement looked at him: He was a...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2019, 7:21 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

Richard Cory

I believe the main symbolic image in this poem is Richard Cory himself. He symbolizes fame and fortune. The poem's narrator directly tells readers that Richard Cory was wealthy beyond...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2017, 10:54 pm (UTC)

2 educator answers

Richard Cory

The narrator of Edwin Arlington Robinson's poem "Richard Cory" is one of the people who lives in the same town as Cory but someone who is of a lower socioeconomic class than he. It seems evident...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2016, 5:39 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

Richard Cory

The lowly townspeople view Richard Cory as a distinguished gentleman, who has a regal appearance and is always outgoing when he passes by them on the street. Richard Cory is a wealthy man who is...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2018, 12:25 pm (UTC)

2 educator answers

Richard Cory

Ultimately, we can't know why Richard Cory decided to kill himself. The poem is from the view of the people who live near him; they don't know his innermost thoughts or the problems he might have...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2018, 12:25 am (UTC)

2 educator answers

Richard Cory

Strictly speaking, Edwin Aldington Robinson’s “Richard Cory” isn’t a modernist work, at least not in terms of its structure or its use of language. Written in four stanzas of regular rhyme and...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2020, 1:31 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Richard Cory

This phrase refers to the biological response prompted by excitement: increased pulse rate and breathing, particularly among those who innately admire Richard Cory. The poem tells us that Cory was...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2008, 4:13 am (UTC)

2 educator answers

Richard Cory

Richard Cory looked like "a gentleman from sole to crown". He was clean and "imperially slim". He seemed to dress conservatively because he was "always quietly arrayed." He must have been good...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2008, 2:22 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

Richard Cory

He was a gentleman from sole to crown Richard Cory exuded all the characteristics one would assume about a gentleman. He seems refined, has good taste, and respects other people. He is a man the...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2019, 8:43 pm (UTC)

3 educator answers

Richard Cory

Word choices that convey a regal or kingly connotation help to characterize Richard Cory or, at least, show readers the way that he is thought of by everyone in his town. He is described as being a...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2020, 2:59 am (UTC)

5 educator answers

Richard Cory

Paul Simon's song is both a paraphrase and an amplification of E.A. Robinson's poem. Both the speaker and Cory are more fleshed out, and their stories are told in more detail, by Simon. For...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2018, 3:23 am (UTC)

2 educator answers

Richard Cory

The previous post is quite strong. I would only add that there could be a moral lesson about the nature of wealth and the perception it creates. We live in a world where material wealth and...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2010, 9:53 pm (UTC)

2 educator answers

Richard Cory

"Richard Cory" by Edwin Arlington Robinson is a narrative poem. It uses a first-person plural narrator that represents the voice of the people in the town. This sort of narrator is similar to the...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2019, 10:18 am (UTC)

3 educator answers

Richard Cory

In his famous poem “Richard Cory,” Edwin Arlington Robinson uses careful phrasing in highly effective ways. For example, rather than calling Cory “a gentleman from head to toe,” Robinson instead...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2011, 11:52 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

Richard Cory

Edwin Arlington Robinson uses words that are associated with royalty and distance along with light/dark imagery to indicate the divide between the upper and lower classes. In the first stanza, the...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2015, 12:57 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

Richard Cory

Edwin Arlington Robinson reported to a friend that Frank Avery had shot and killed himself with a shot gun. This was the inspiration for the poem “Richard Cory.” The narrator of the poem is a...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2012, 2:12 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Richard Cory

Richard Cory is envied by the common people he walks past every day and seems to have everything a person could ask for. Richard Cory is an immaculately dressed gentleman, who is refined and...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2019, 5:48 pm (UTC)

2 educator answers

Richard Cory

One is that wealth and power have their attraction to the crowd but tend to alienate the individual. Ask any high profile celebrity, and he or she will tell you it is not that easy to protect one's...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2008, 6:44 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Richard Cory

Even though the poem was first published in 1897, the poem has universal appeal for its themes of self-deception, envy, the haves and have-nots, and emptiness of spirit. Throughout time, the...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2009, 1:10 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

Richard Cory

The surprising last line of the poem is ultimately where the whole poem is headed. As the previous post noted, the pace of the poem is driving us through this description of Cory and of the...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2010, 12:37 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Richard Cory

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 in his head. In this stanza, the...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2011, 10:45 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Richard Cory

In these lines, the speaker uses words like "crown" (3), "imperially" (4), and "glittered" (8). These word choices seem to suggest that Richard Cory is like royalty, at least, that this is how he...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2019, 10:24 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Richard Cory

The poem "Richard Cory" by Edward Arlington Robinson is about two types of isolation: isolation from others, and isolation from physical comfort. Written in 1897, Robinson's poem recalls the...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2010, 12:42 pm (UTC)

2 educator answers

Richard Cory

In “Richard Cory,” the speaker describes the people’s reaction to and admiration of Cory. He is obviously of the upper class, being a “gentleman from sole to crown.” He “flutters hearts” when he...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2016, 9:11 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Richard Cory

We all have images of what we would like to be, how we would like to look, how much money we would like to have. Richard Cory had all those things. People looked at him admiringly. He dressed...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2016, 12:42 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

Richard Cory

In the poem "Richard Cory," the speaker indicates his/her position as representative of the citizens of the town with the repeated use of the pronoun "we." This pronoun aligns the speaker with the...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2016, 9:04 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Richard Cory

There are several different ways to talk about the genre of "Richard Cory," depending on which aspects of the poem you wish to emphasize. First, it is a "lyric" rather than "epic" poem. This...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2017, 10:05 am (UTC)

2 educator answers

Richard Cory

As the previous answer stated, metaphor is a major poetic element found in "Richard Cory." Throughout the metaphor, Richard Cory is compared to a regal king. Readers are told that he is "richer...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2017, 1:34 pm (UTC)

2 educator answers

Richard Cory

To write an essay comparing and contrasting "Barbie Doll" by Marge Piercy and "Richard Cory" by Edwin Arlington Robinson, I would begin with a thesis statement in my introductory paragraph....

Latest answer posted July 20, 2012, 2:44 am (UTC)

2 educator answers

Showing 1-50 of 111