Richard Cory By Edwin Arlington Robinson

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Everybody faces many hardships throughout their life. “Richard Cory”, written by Edwin Arlington Robinson, tells the story of a man who, at first, seems like he has everything; appearances, however, can be deceiving. The poem conveys many ideas through various literary techniques and language choice while also delivering different themes, such as the inaccuracy of first impressions and money’s limitations. Various messages are delivered through the poem’s use of literary devices. First, the speaker uses imagery to describe Cory as “a gentleman from sole to crown / Clean favored, and imperially slim” (3-4). Although the speaker is not exact when describing Cory’s appearance, the description is enough to produce an image of a thin, well-dressed, and good-looking man in …show more content…

By saying “sole to crown”, the speaker is suggesting that Cory’s possesses a regal appearance. In addition to this, the speaker also states that he is very prosperous. A hyperbole is used to emphasize his wealth because the speaker claims that Cory is “richer than a king” (9). This hyperbole suggests that Cory is wealthier than most people, for kings are some of the richest people to live. Throughout the poem, it is hinted that people thought and look up to Cory as if he is a noble, for words like “crown” and “king” are used when describing him. Aside from imagery and hyperbole, symbolism is also used. Food is used to symbolize the difference between Cory’s life and the life of the working class. In the last stanza, it states that the working class “went without the meat, and cursed the bread” (14). Meat –especially if it is high quality– is a luxurious food that is not always

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