Introduction to Literature Essays

Essay by outenmlCollege, Undergraduate July 2007

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There are many events throughout life that have an impact on people's everyday lives. Of course some actions are not as obvious as others. Because certain events stick with us more than others, we can almost say that those events are most admired. The poems "Richard Cory" by Edwin Arlington Robinson, "My Mistress' Eyes are Nothing Like the Sun" by William Shakespeare and "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost all express different forms of admiration. This essay will explain the different forms of admiration as they relate to each poem.

In today's society, people tend to each other by their outward appearance rather than the actual person they are inside. This is the case with the poem "Richard Cory" by Edwin Arlington Robinson. In one section of the poem, Robinson gives the reader the impression that the poem displays a materialistic figure.

The poem talks about the wealth of Richard Cory. For example, the poem states "he was rich-yes richer than a king" (Robinson 842). Upon further reading, Robinson explains that Richard Cory was most admired by the town's people because of his wealth and politeness. In fact, the people of the town "thought he was everything" (Robinson 842). What the towns' people failed to realize is that what they were looking at is the outside appearance of Richard Cory. No one knew Richard Cory from the inside. Had they had known him from the inside; they would have learned that he was not as happy as he appeared to be. If he was not so unhappy, he probably would not have "put a bullet through his head one calm summer night" (Robinson 842). This just goes to show that the town's people admired Richard Cory for his wealth, not for...