The irony of Edwin Arlington Robinson's poem "Richard Cory" ending is that Richard Cory, the person being discussed in the poem, who was envied by many because of his money and status, committed suicide. The irony was utilized at the end of the poem with the intention of shocking the reader.
In the poem, everyone knows about Richard Cory except him. He is happy with his life and status as a wealthy man with a fine house and car on New York City's Upper East Side, and he enjoys walking home from work every day across the park because it is a beautiful evening. One foggy night, however, while walking home from work, he falls into a river and drowns. His body is never found.
Many people feel sorry for Richard Cory because they believe he was a good man who had a full life but still died young. Others envy him because of his money and status. These individuals want to be like Richard Cory so they do what he does, but unfortunately, they fail to realize they are doing exactly what he did not want to do. They kill themselves too. This is why some people say that envy is the source of all evil. It can cause someone to do terrible things such as commit suicide or murder others out of jealousy.
Envy is defined as the unpleasant feeling we have when someone else has something that you want.
Richard Cory committed suicide because, despite his possessions, his life was meaningless. The poem's theme is that the conventionally sought-after goals in life—social standing, money, and material comfort—are insufficient to make life worthwhile. Richard Cory looked to have everything. Yet he felt empty inside.
The story of Richard Cory tells us that even though you may seem like an ordinary person, there can be something wrong with your soul if you feel miserable even after possessing all that life has to offer.
Modern psychologists agree that Cory's state of mind was most likely a result of depressive illness. Although this poem is often said to be about depression, it is more accurately described as "a portrait of gloom." Depression is not just feeling sad or unhappy; it is a serious medical condition that requires treatment by a health care professional.
Many people are afraid of talking about their feelings because they think it means they are weak or that someone else should take responsibility for them. But expressing how you're feeling is an important part of healthy relationships. Only by being open with each other can we get help if we need it or find new ways to enjoy our lives.
People use different words to describe similar things. In English, we say that something is "lonely" or "alone" when nobody is around with whom we interact regularly.
The central irony of "Richard Cory" is that a wealthy, desirable gentleman finds himself with nothing to live for. The villagers are taken aback by Richard Cory's tragic destiny. Whitman depicts Americans laboring in a range of jobs in "I Hear America Singing." Yet despite their efforts, they are unable to lift themselves out of poverty.
In the poem, Richard Cory doesn't struggle against his circumstances; instead, he accepts his fate and dies an honorable death. He knows that life cannot be improved through effort so he gives up trying hard and enjoys what little time he has left doing what he loves most: writing poetry. His friends and family miss him but know that he had no choice because living means losing everything we love. Death is the only answer to an empty life.
Whitman uses dramatic monologue to tell this story about a man who lives a luxurious life yet feels like there's nothing special or unique about it. He doesn't want to waste his time on anything else but still finds himself at a loss for what to do with his life. This emptiness drives him to write poems, which are admired by many people but not him. He believes that only dead poets are worth reading so he rejects his talent and throws away the poems he has written until one day he takes them back out again. When he reads them he realizes that they are good and releases more into the world.