November 29, 2004

Death is often unexpected

In the readings of Edwin Arlington Robinson, i found some things i would like to draw others interest to.

Lets take a look at Richard Corey, for example. Richard, rich, admired, and seemingly to others, things came easily to him. He was who everyone wanted to be.

"In fine, we thought that he was everything to make us wish that we were in his place"(Robinson 11-12).

"We people on the pavement looked at him:He was a gentleman from sole to crown,"(Robinson 2-3).

"he was always human when he talked;But still he fluttered pulses"(Robinson 6-7).

These lines from the poem show exactly how people felt about him. He was deeply admired, and although acted as every other human did, he still made people nervous and edgy. He just had a certain air and quality that made people want to bow down to him, and made others think of him as a higher air. I know when i was reading this, i was thinking, wow, people want to be this guy, he has everything, admirers, money, anything one could want to be happy. Boom!! We reach the end of the poem, and Richard Corey has put a bullet through his head. Its odd that those we expect to be suicidal, often aren't the ones at all, they are strong and they push through, while people who seem to have everything, really are intensely lonely on the inside. This reminded me of another suicide as soon as i read it. This may bring controversy, as how some think this man was murdered, but Richard Corey reminded me of Kurt Cobain. Cobain was the lead singer of Nirvana, well known, popular band, had a daughter and a wife, only to one day turn up dead, suicide suspected Both these men, in my eyes, were well off, why did they kill themselves? Will anyone really know? What was going on inside their heads? What kinds of internal struggles were they dealing with? Did the glory, fame and admiration kill them? Was it too much to live up to and they felt they were failing? Did they then (Cobain) turn to drugs to escape it all and got fed up being a dependent on illegal substances? Will anyone ever really know?

Posted by Lori Rupert at November 29, 2004 02:39 PM
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Not know much about Nirvana or Kurt Cobain I can't really comment on the connection you made there, but I can comment on the fact that Richard Cory seemed to have everything and anything he could have ever wanted. However, as I reflect back on the story I come to a couple conclusions. Could it be that although the people of his town admired him and maybe even put him up on the pedastool that he just didn't have any friends? Or even could he have just gone crazy because of the lack of interaction with human society that comes along with money and power. I am leaning more towards the lack of friendship. I will never understand how someone can go through life and not make friends or even an aquaintance that they can trust. That would be like putting yourself in a bubble. It would be a lonely life and one that I could see why he would want to do what he did.

Posted by: Tiffany at November 30, 2004 07:56 PM

True, but, i think thats also where most writers fall. Without friends because they are different and often would rather keep to themselves, and they take their lonliness out by writing persay, however, i also just did a research paper on creativity linked to madness..soo..yeah...

Posted by: Lori at November 30, 2004 10:32 PM

I smell of dumped poo

Posted by: Clara at May 29, 2005 04:02 AM
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