Who is the speaker in the poem Richard Cory?

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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, "We." Since he is not omniscient, he cannot enter the thoughts of the much-admired Richard Cory and explain his state of mind or why a man who seemed to have it all would commit suicide.

The speaker is presumably not wealthy or capable of dressing with the quiet dignity with which Richard Cory arrays himself. The speaker is like the other people in town who work and go without luxuries and wish they were in the place of Richard Cory, until Richard Cory surprises them all by fatally shooting himself.

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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.

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