Many of us believe money and fame is the key to success but little do we know, that is
what society has shown us in which thats a false remark. In the poem“Richard Cory”, the author
Edwin Arlington Robinson tries to explain to the readers that looks can be deceiving and they
can be an eye catcher. This poem describes his good looks, his money, and ultimately his suicide.
The poem mentions how the townspeople are different from richard cory and the reason
they’re different is just because they are fortuneless people and the reason they envied him so
much was because Richard was a wealthy man. They were surprised by his actions for the simple
fact that they believed his money gave him happiness and had everything perfect but his actions
spoke otherwise. A phrase that seemed to paint a word picture was when the author said, “but
still he fluttered pulses when he”,’’ good morning”, and he glittered when he walked”. Society
viewed him as a shining star. I believe the poet’s purpose in writing this poem was to let others
know that you can never assume something about someone just because of wealth. In which, you
never know what a person is going through when they are indoors.
The title of the poem is meant to be someone who is being talked about. Now, the speaker
of this story is Edwin Arlington Robinson an american poet. He’s known for making small
dramatic poems concerning his surroundings. This poem presents how someone views one
another without actually knowing someone personally. The tone shown has a lot of envy”,
jealousy and astonishing events. In which it can make the reader picture an image because of
how they describe him. They say he “glittered when he walked”. The type of style this poem is
can be interesting by the way they use figurative language. Edwin mentions “ he was always
quietly arrayed, and they say how well taken care of he talks”. It gives it a unique style by also
making it a very comprehensive and questionable in which the reader would want to finish the
story to find out the ending of it.
The purpose of this poem is to show the readers how people can assume so much of you
and not know anything about you in which you shouldn’t assume someone is okay just because
they’re full of laughter, smiles and most importantly just because of money. This poem takes
place in downtown where he stands out of the regular people. Personally speaking this can be
reflected back to society today because i believe a lot of teens or children are coming from a new
generation which their lives will revolve around money and fame. This can be an issue because a
lot of teens today feel like wealthy people are going to be happy due to the fact that they think
wealthy people can get whatever they like as if it will make them suddenly happy. The poem was
well written and properly organized which made every common sense.