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Richard Cory

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They say that Richard Cory one half of this whole ,
With connections to spread his wealth .
into society, a banker's only ,
He had a man could want: power, grace, and .
But I work in his
And I the life I'm living
And I curse my
And I wish that I be,
Oh, I wish that I could be,
Oh, I wish that I be
Richard Cory.
The papers print his picture almost he :
Richard Cory at the opera, Richard Cory at a .
And the of his parties and the orgies on his yacht!
Oh, he must be happy with everything he's .
But I work in his
And I the life I'm living
And I curse my poverty
And I wish that I be,
Oh, I that I could be,
Oh, I wish that I be
Richard Cory.
He gave to charity, he had the common ,
And they were for his patronage and thanked him very ,
So my was filled with wonder when the evening headlines:

"Richard Cory went home last night and put a through his."
But I in his factory
And I the life I'm living
And I my poverty
And I wish that I be,
Oh, I wish that I be,

Oh, I wish that I be
Richard Cory.
 




Think about the poem that inspired the song.  The lyrics to the song and the words of the poem are not identical (the same.)
Copy the Venn (Circle) diagram below.  Use it to compare and contrast the song and poem.



Tell 3 ways the song and poem are the same.  

Tell 3 ways the song and poem are different. 


In the song, the chorus (repeating verse), like the poem, emphasizes that the people wish they could be Richard Cory.  However, the song repeats the chorus one last time AFTER Richard Cory takes his life. 
-Did the song writer make a mistake, i.e. not realize what he was doing?  
-Did he include the chorus at the end for musical reasons, i.e. to complete the pattern of the song?  
-Did the song writer believe that even after Cory committed suicide the people would still want to have a life like Cory's life? 
     Tell why you think the song writer ended with the chorus.  Give at least 2 reasons for your opinion.




     You have read the poem and heard the song.  Would you like to be Richard Cory?  Give at least 2 reasons for your answer.