This was the weekly poetry project for 3 June 2006. Many “character” poems cut straight to the inmost psychology of their subjects, but here, the eponymous Richard Cory with all his wealth and charm is viewed entirely from the outside. Indeed as the poem ends, we realise with an unforgettable shock just how little we, the narrator, or perhaps anyone really knew about him.
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January 12, 2013
A poem from my college days that grows in meaning as knowledge of social interaction and the mysteries of life increase. One of Robinson's best. His very best by my standards. Controlled, measured, light yet deep and tragic.