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Poetry Assignment Richard Cory Richard Cory is a poem written by Edwin Robinson he uses a variety of poetic elements Poetic elements are imagery rhyme scheme symbolism and hyperbole to name a few Robinsons most common elements used in this poem are rhyme scheme and hyperbole Robinson uses many elements you can tell though out his poem that hes trying to make the flow of the poem easy for its readers He makes the poem string together he makes it come together but he gets the story across His first use of elements is rhyme scheme He uses this together in the first and third line Rhyme scheme is when the last word in the sentence rhymes or sounds very similar that it is simple of it to roll off our tongue 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 As you can see from the excerpt above Robinson uses the words town and crown as well as him and slim as his rhyme scheme in that model He makes it very straightforward for the reader to find these elements and point them out Robinson in addition has the use of a hyperbole in the statement Clean favored and imperially slim He uses the word imperially for exaggeration of the word slim He is trying to illustrate that the man is of great size And he was always quietly arrayed And he was always human when he talked But he still fluttered pulses when he said Good morning and he glittered when he walked In this second paragraph the author uses rhyme scheme once more with the words talked and walked You get the sense that he wants these words to stand out for a reason that he is purposely making the structure of the poem this way And he was rich-yes richer
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