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  •  My jr hi students always thought this poem (12+ / 0-)

    was "cool."  Because it's so literal, they "got it"
    right away, and that took away some of the poetry
    intimidation and anxiety that most seemed to have.

    And tho simple, it did inspire good discussion.

    Richard Cory
      by Edwin Arlington Robinson   

    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.

    And he was always quietly arrayed,
    And he was always human when he talked,
    But still he fluttered pulses when he said,
    "Good-morning," and he glittered when he walked.

    And he was rich--yes, richer than a king--
    And admirably schooled in every grace:
    In fine, we thought that he was everything
    To make us wish that we were in his place.

    So on we worked, and waited for the light,
    And went without the meat and cursed the bread;
    And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,
    Went home and put a bullet through his head.

    •  Oh, yes, I can see why this appealed to your (5+ / 0-)

      students, mama jo!  We studied this in school too.

      It's a pointed life lesson, isn't it?  You think someone has everything but you know nothing of that person's inner life, and lo!  He decides to leave it.

      As a child and young adult there were two women I envied greatly.  I wanted to be them.  But in view of what happened to those women in later life, I am very glad to be plain old moi. :)

      "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

      by Diana in NoVa on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 06:47:18 AM PDT

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