Although it is written by an American poet and set in an American town, connotation is used to suggest a noble, royal image of Richard Cory. Not only did they work hard, but they also sacrificed because they could not buy everything they wanted, and they complained about the low quality of the things they could afford. The poem's narrator speaking through the pronoun 'we' notes how the character moves through town while the 'people on the pavement' watch him. Let me use a video game analogy; when you play a video game and lose, you keep playing and playing no matter how hard it is because its fun and enjoyable. The theme of Richard Cory depicts how outwardly looks can be deceiving and that no matter how rich you are you shall always fall short to buy happiness.
First Stanza 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. Richard Cory was hiding his need for relationships if he had the need. There is almost a conversational tone to the poem, since each stanza beings simply. They wish they could be just like him. But what happens once you beat the game? With no lover, no family, and no friends, it could be understood as one factor in the decision making of Richard.
So on we worked and waited for the light, And went without the meat and cursed the bread, And Richard Cory, one calm summer night, Went home and put a bullet in his head. With his suicide, Richard Cory shows that having even the greatest financial wealth and status does not mean that a person has everything needed for a fulfilling life. This fact fits in with what was said in the preceding chapter about Robinson's handling of the sonnet, and the quiet, unhurried close that he most often gives it; as well as with what has been all along implied concerning his distaste for every sort of sensationalism. In the end though, they learn a valuable life lesson. Satisfaction is very different from being happy.
Copyright © 1969 by the University of Georgia Press. The arrangement of facts goes from his description down to his wealth and then all of a sudden, they climax to his death. This use of repetition helps build the narrative towards the climax. Money can not buy a person love, friendship or respect. He has this special quality that will make him stand out in a crowd. Robinson uses connotation extensively to place Richard Cory high on a pedestal above the townspeople.
Also, this dude is rich. So it is almost as if the people, unwillingly, pointed the gun at his head and Richard Cory was the one who pulled the trigger. Also, this dude is rich. So that this downbeat and upbeat pattern gives a rolling cadence throughout the poem. The jewellery he wore would shine brightly. A live cover by appears on Live At the Continental, which was packaged with 1997. At least the people could bond together and thus use spirituality to survive their hardships, giving a sense to their lives.
Above all there are the irony and humor from which the poem chiefly derives its effectiveness. Were there cruel judgements made about him from his so-called friends. Those are things that must be earned. Those who count over what they lack and fail to bless the good before their eyes are truly desperate. Then the ending of suicide suggests a much deeper, more conflicted side of the title character leaving the reader to question who he is and what is going on inside his head that encouraged him to take his own life.
But what matters is the attitude of the speaker toward himself and especially toward the other townspeople: his self-awareness, ironic distance, and detached amusement with the human comedy. Quiet desperation, the agony that Richard Cory's neighbours failed to notice, is a distinguishing feature of many of Robinson's characters. He lived with lots of people liking him and wanted to be in his place, but since he was not happy, he decided to take himself away from earth by putting a bullet in his head and ended his life. From American Poetry of the Twentieth-Century. Many of Robinson's poems, in fact, derive their power from reticence, a positive refusal to expand or elaborate.
Thus the first fourteen lines are a painstaking preparation for the last two, with their stunning overturn of the popular belief. The poem warns us not to presume to understand the struggles of others. Why it popped up in my head today is as much of a mystery as to why Richard Cory ended his life the way he did. As poor as the poor were, as much as they cursed their lives in relation to this apparently deservedly rich man, they had the things that mattered in life, like family. They thought that all this brought Richard happiness.
He was always down to earth when he spoke to them. People say because he was not happy, he had no family, no friends. 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. Posted on 2010-11-28 by a guest. My mom was British, my husband too. There are many possible themes.