Who is the speaker in the poem Richard Cory?

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writergal06 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The speaker in Richard Cory represents the biased, disgruntled observers of Richard Cory's life. It is a plural persona, seen in the use of the word "we," probably a townsperson speaking on the behalf of the community. We can assume that the speaker is biased because of the first person perspective and the commentary on how they lived, along with the tone of cynicism found in the poem.