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A well written poem may be read numerous times without losing its freshness because each word has been carefully chosen for both its literal and implied meanings No words are included that do not add extra dimensions to the meaning of the poem By critically examing the poem Richard Cory we can see that the poet Edwin Arlington Robinson has used effective diction to create a contrast which focuses reader attention on one aspect of human behavior appearances do not always reflect a true picture of mans inner self The poet chooses words that highlight the contrast between Richard Cory upper class and us lower classes First the Richard can be associated with English kings The name Cory rhymes with glory and subtly blends with crown imperially and gentlemen to imply nobility OTher usages that help to set Richard Cory apart from us are clean favored quietly arrayed admirably schooled and glittered when he walked This description of Richard Cory suggests an imposing highborn personage By contrast we people on the pavement continue to work and wait for the light that will perhaps somehow explain our fate The poet also uses overstatement and understatement to reinforce the ironic contrast of the poem Two examples of hyperbole and understatement respectively are richer that a king and he was always human when he talked The first example overstates his wealth by compairing it to a kings The second understates his relationship to people of the pavement because it implies that Richard Cory could be superhuman Both examples serve to amplify Corys greatness compared to other peoples lowliness The contrast between Richard Cory or what he seems to be and the speaker helps to build the readers anticipation for the surprising ironic ending The reader is shocked into contemplation why does a man so admired and so rich put a bullet through his head The answer is that there is no answer at least
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