He was very, very rich. I appreciate the analysis of the poem, and the lesson ideas are meaningful. ... full text. The Last Chrysanthemum. He also shows that it is the townspeople, and not Cory, that seem to define these positions. The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums (残菊物語, Zangiku monogatari), also translated as The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum and The Story of the Late Chrysanthemums, is a 1939 Japanese film directed by Kenji Mizoguchi, about a male actor specialising in playing female roles in late 19th century Japan.. There are many other royal connotations and images in this poem, including “sole to crown,” “imperially slim,” and “schooled in every grace.” Crown, imperially, and grace all suggest royalty. Question- Please explain "fluttered pulses". Close reading is exactly what it sounds like: reading a text very closely. They look up to him, literally and figuratively. consider those patterns and elements for meaning. In short, we held him on top of a pedestal, and we dreamed of being up there with him. Robinson uses metaphors to create a noble image of Richard Cory as well. Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on June 16, 2015: It has always been one of my favorites. Kids like songs and videos that illustrate points you want to get across in a lesson. Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on May 19, 2013: Thanks, MsDora. look for patterns and elements that stand out to them. . What is the main idea of the poem? Robinson uses the elements described above to create an image of the human condition. The central idea, or theme, of “Richard Cory” is that wealth and status don’t ensure happiness. Why should this flower delay so long To show its tremulous plumes? Stay tuned. Yes, Hardy was quite the poet. 3.) How would you describe the rhythm of the poem? The following paper is just an example written by one of our staff writers. The Challenge--What Translation to Choose and Read? Richard Cory is a representation of wealth, status, and privilege. I've never read any of Hardy's poetry. read the text through cold without the teacher telling them the meaning. The townspeople are striving for the dream of having it all. Even though he spoke to us on our level, people got excited when he spoke to them. Question: What is the thesis statement of a poem? In fact, he always considered himself, first and foremost, a poet and an author of fiction only as a way to make money. How does the rhyme pattern affect the poem? On… I didn't remember that Simon & Garfunkle did that song. The people of the town want to be just like him because his life appears to be perfect. Would you include reasons for Richard Cory killing himself? The Journal of My Travels through the World's Great Literature. Lovely! Although this poem is written by an American poet and set in an American town, connotation is used to suggest a noble, royal image of Richard Cory. JoAnn, thank you for stopping by and visiting, and I'm so glad that you enjoyed the poem. Have students identify the other literary elements and their purpose for the meaning of the poem as well. To paraphrase, students should rewrite the poem in their own words to show that they understand the basic meaning of the poem. Show students the YouTube video of Simon and Garfunkel’s "Richard Cory" (linked below). Compare: Show students the YouTube video of Simon and Garfunkels Richard Cory. For that reason, I believe this is a great choice for teachers to use in their classrooms. I guess I choose to look at Hardy's fiction not so much as "depressing", but as more 'natural' and 'realistic'--much the same way that Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides wrote about human affairs. Give the poem to students and ask them to read it closely. I was out of the classroom that day to plan a department in-service training, and when I returned, the substitute said that they had a hard time with it. I would love to see more on the close reading, please do make a hub on this. Robinson says that Cory was “richer than a king” and “he glittered when he walked.” These statements are not literal, but they create an image of nobility and privilege. Arlington was so right. I remember a class enjoying "Dead Poets Society", when we were studying poetry. I didn't realize Hardy wrote poetry - thanks for posting. This poem shows good examples of connotation and denotation. Questions: 1. 5.) Chamodi peduruarachchi on February 21, 2018: My English Literature teacher recently finished this poem and v had to write some long answers and this analysis was really useful! Answer: A poem doesn’t have a thesis statement. (Who am I to Bear it? Robinson uses denotation, or the use of words for their exact meaning, to emphasize this image of Richard Cory being local royalty. The theme of this poem is very relevant today. Richard Cory appears to have it all. This discussion could also lead to an assignment about adapting the poem and writing their own version. Students should: In your "Richard Cory" close reading lesson, you can do the following: After the initial close reading, you can focus the dissection of the poem on noting the literary elements. Here is an example: When Richard Cory came into our lower-class neighborhood, everyone stood aside and watched him. and admirably schooled . Thanks for reading. A metaphor makes a descriptive comparison between two objects or ideas. It stays with me because it is relevant and shocking, and it speaks to a truth about the human condition. Thanks for it. This build-up of Richard Cory’s character allows the last line to have a huge impact. As a society, we are still placing wealthy people on a pedestal. Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on March 17, 2013: Great hub donnah! Richard Cory was a rich, well-educated man. Here we are just a couple of days after the Fall Equinox, and it feels like it is time to share another favorite poem of mine. We worked hard, sacrificing and striving for a position next to him. I remember the S&G song from when I was a teenager. More importantly, the repetition places Cory higher and higher on his pedestal. Thanks, Bill. He dressed neatly and conservatively. the ordinary language people use is speaking or writing: a prosaic style, quality, or condition. Nell Rose from England on August 09, 2013: This is fascinating reading, and very useful for students, I had never heard this poem before, I learn something new everyday!