RICHARD CORY BY EDWARD ARLINGTON

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

And he was always quietly arrayed,
And he was always human when he talked;
But still he fluttered pulses when he said,
“Good Morning!” and he glittered when he walked.

And he was rich, yes, richer than a king,
And admirably schooled in every grace:
In fine — we thought that he was everything
To make us wish that we were in his place.

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”.

In “Richard Cory” a charming well educated gentleman is greatly admired by the towns people. However things are not what they seem. Underneath the exterior of a successful and wealthy gentleman there lurks a deep sadness which, one calm summer night causes Richard Cory to go home and put a bullet through his head. Wealth as is so often said can not buy you happiness.

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2 Responses to RICHARD CORY BY EDWARD ARLINGTON

  1. Valda.DeDieu says:

    Kevin, what this poem reminds me of is the power of a kind word, and encouragement. So many people were in awe of Richard Cory, it never occurred to them that underneath, he was a human being, just like them, with his own troubles.

    If someone had told him what his presence meant to the town, how he inspires them, it would have made a difference.

    We just never know what the right thing said at the right time, can do.

    I always look forward to reading your blog.

    Valda DeDieu

    • valda, thanks for your interesting comment. I had not considered your take on the poem, however i think that you have helped to eluminate the poem. Kind regards, kevin

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