DonRocks Posted January 27, 2014 Share Posted January 27, 2014 Immature? Check. Melodramatic? Check. Coarse? Check. But I remember reading Richard Cory as a college freshman, and loving it. By the time you're my age, it is what it is. Like an overplayed piece - the first movement of Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata," or Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" - you hear the beginning, and roll your eyes, thinking to yourself, "˜no, not again.' However, despite being overplayed, both the Beethoven and Mozart are legitimate master works that have their place alongside the greatest piano pieces ever written. It isn't *their* fault they've been overplayed, nor is it their fault they've taken simple concepts and made them into something profound. I hope some of you, who aren't familiar with Richard Cory, will have that same, slack-jawed reaction that I did, long ago, in Mr. Moyle's English 102 class, when I was just a young lad of 18, trying not to let people see that I was fighting back tears. Richard Cory by 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 everythingTo 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. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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