Richard Cory

Whenever Richard Cory went down town,
We people on the pavement looked at him:
He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
Clean favored, and imperially slim.

by Edwin Arlington Robinson Click to read full poem

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I taught this poem in high school and I still like it very much. Richard Cory's suicide seems at odds with the precise rhymes and meter. Where people are concerned, appearances can be deceptive.
Shake me wake
My father, When mom left, he said one day that he would do it. In life, dad always kept his word.
I read this poem in junior high school in the early '60's. I rediscovered it when Simon and Garfunkel put it to music; I'm not sure which album, but it's certainly worth listening to.
I never forgot reading this poem when I was in High School,1958, thereabouts. The message remained with me, although I could not remember the author nor poem title. Yesterday, I heard Evangelist Begg recite ' Richard Cory'. Amazing.
The people wanted to be like Richard Corey. Be careful what you wish for. To walk in Richard’s shoes is to walk with unbearable suffering.
I am Richard Cory. Not rich, just expected to be strong and capable. So not
Someone once said, You need to be quite a juggler if you have a reputation to keep up and a reputation to live down.
A beautiful poem no doubt. A whole novel in a few verses. I lovit
The two recent suicides of the famous and successful people reminded me of this poem. We'll never know, hopefully, that feeling.
This is most important after the celebrity suicides recently.
Richard Cory has stayed with me for 4 decades, especially during hard times.
I like this poem so much, a day can not go by that I will not read it. in one word my favorite
I like this poem so much, that I like to go through it everyday
This is the poem I told you about
My mothers favorite poem.
This shows that all that is glitter is not gold, someone we envy may be dying inside without anyone knowing. It got to show that appearance can be deceptive.
physical appearance may be deceptive
Beautiful poem...beautiful lines and description.
He was a gentleman from soul to crown. But all that glitters is not gold. Life is full of surprises. Don't judge a book by its cover. Good poem! Sylva-Onyema Uba