November 6, 2004


After reading "Richard Corey," "Miniver Cheery," "Aaron Stark," "The Mill," and "Mr. Flood's Party," I have noted, and questioned, a few specifics.

First, why are the spellings in the title of the poem, "Richard CorEy," and the spelling, 'Cory,' in the text, different? In this poem, it is interesting to note the creative use of sole to crown and the dual meanings. Then, the character in the poem puts a bullet through that same crown. Very sad how on day to day we can go through life, misled by outward impressions and never truly understand the innermost feelings of a person. Everything around Richard "glittered," he was "richer than a king;" everyone "wished we were in his place," or "waited for the light." This poem, is so sad. Get to know others, don't just guess at who they are, or what they are like. Outwardly, Richard Cory may have been a King - but clearly, his soul, wasn't as royal. This was such a bittersweet poem.

"Miniver Cheery" also caught my interest; not only because his name implied cheerfulness - though he was unhappy, but also because he seemed to admire the arts. He talked about knights, Camelot, the merchant class Medici family who were highly involved in Italian theater, and Art. He saw all the beauty in the world; yet, at the poem's end, he was hitting the bottle. Is this beauty not enough?

"Aaron Stark," was a stark awakening; he was a miser who hated to be pitied. Interesting concept.

I am not sure how to react to the other poems; I am interested in the class discussion/oral presentation we will study about these poems.

Posted by KatieAikins at November 6, 2004 10:01 PM


I thought the class discussion was helpful, because I understood the stories more clearly. The Mill text was very tricky. I really thougth that both the miller and the miller's wife committed suicide. Why do you think the author wanted the readers to believe that? Which one of these stories did you enjoy reading?

-Nabila :)

Posted by: NabilaUddin at November 8, 2004 4:51 PM

I really enjoyed "The Mill," Nabila. I don't think either of the poem's characters committed suicide. However, I am not sure. After reading the article from EBSCO host, I am still as confused about what happened as I was prior to reading. Which poem was your favorite?



Posted by: Katie Aikins at November 8, 2004 8:36 PM


I enjoyed reading the poem "Richard Corey." The reason is because I was able to understand it throughly. It's short and to the point. It's also very true to society as well. I do believe that rich people are not happy, and it can lead them to commit suicide. A good example is famous celebrities. Money does not always equal to happiness.

-Nabila :)

Posted by: NabilaUddin at November 9, 2004 11:41 AM

I wrote my blog entry on Richard CorEy and I thought quite the same exact thing - it is sad to look at life as just this. Ya know, there really are people out there that have it all (aka celebrities) but what is really on the inside could probably scare ya - - they are lost and lonely, probably more than those who go without. Well that was just my 50 cents. :-P

Posted by: Renee at December 1, 2004 2:05 PM