Tuesday, August 14, 2012

richard cory

Here is the text of the poem.  Please begin memorizing it (it's short, but Thursday isn't that far away, and if you struggle tonight you can get help in class tomorrow). 

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Richard Cory
Edwin Arlington Robinson

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.

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 through his head.


  1. I think that I found the best way to memorize this poem for those people, like myself, who want to get it done quick. Just take it one or 2 lines at a time and after reciting outloud about 5 or 6 times, add 1 or 2 more lines to those lines. Pretty soon you will be reciting the entire stanza, then a couple of stanzas, until you are reciting the entire poem and each time you add lines keep reciting them 5 or 6 times. I was able to recite the entire poem in class today after the journal. After you've got it, practice spontaneously every once in a while to make sure you've still got it.

    1. Oh! That is a great idea, I think i might try that. Been having a bit of trouble remembering it.

  2. This poem is amazing ! i hope i get it by tomorrow...!

  3. I remember doing this poem for Honors English 2... and it was just as hard then as it is now!

  4. This poems a little tough to remember, but im curious what the meaning behind the poem is.

  5. This poem just proves that you can have everything you want in the world and still be unhappy.