What is the theme of the poem "Richard Cory " and what we can learn from it?
"Richard Cory" by Edwin Arlington Robinson is a poem composed of four quatrains rhymed ABAB. It is a narrative poem, written in the first person plural, with the narrative "we" representing the voice of the poorer people in the town. The eponymous Richard Cory appears to be a wealthy gentleman living slightly outside town, probably on a large estate. The townspeople regard Richard Cory as an iconic figure, very different from themselves, and although he appears to be polite and not ostentatious, his manners and deportment seem quite alien, smooth, polished, graceful and unlike those common in town. The people of the town envy his wealth and his polish, and wish they were more like him. The final lines of the poem are:
And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,Went home and put a bullet through his head.