By being thankful, this would lead to a greater sense of fulfillment, thus negating the natural human urge to want what we do not, and cannot, have. Another point expressed by Robinson, to steal a basic literature reference, is not to judge a book by its cover.
The theme of the poem is that appearances are deceiving. Irony is used in the poem very skillfully to show that appearances may be deceiving. When reading the poem, you get caught up in the song-like rhythm and it intensifies the effect of the tragedy.
It is human nature to want to be admired and honored. This is not right, though. Each and everyone person should be happy with who they are because just imagine if everyone were perfect and the same. The world would be quite boring.
Edwin Robinson clearly shows us in his poem "Richard Cory" that the life of someone else may not be all what it is cracked up to be. The townspeople looked up to Richard Cory, they envied him and his lifestyle. However, if they would have looked a little closer, instead of judging him from his appearance, they would have not wanted to be just like Richard Cory.
Judging by the poem, the story is told from that of one of the townspeople. This can be shown by looking at the second line of the poem where it states, "we people on the pavement looked at him" line 2. This person seemed to be confused as to why a man held in such high regard would take his life.
He seems to be confused that a man, a man everyone wanted to be like, would commit suicide. Although it is not directly stated in the poem as to why everyone is confused about his death, the tone of the poem seems to explain why they are all perplexed by his death.
The poem focuses on how the townspeople admired Richard Cory. We get the idea that Richard is a "Clean favored" good looking man, and that his attire is fully formal, "he was always quietly arrayed" line 4.The situational irony in Richard Cory is that he is a man who seems to have everything he could possibly want, but in the end of the poem he commits suicide.
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In Robinson’s poem, Richard Cory’s life is contained in only sixteen lines. Robinson doesn’t have the luxury of the novelist or playwright, or, perhaps, the responsibility of explaining the reasons.