Analysis of the Poems “Richard Cory” and “The Unknown Citizen” A.The poems “Richard Cory” and “The Unknown Citizen” satirize the aloof and individualistic nature of Western society, particularly how there are people who are assumed to be doing well, yet their true nature remains unknown. These individuals float among the mass of society and perhaps are involved with others in work. Yet, people of this nature have lives with facets which remain mysteries. Line five from “Richard Cory” was as follows: “And he was always quietly arrayed,” (Robinson 754). This line evidenced a description which was quite revealing. For an individual to be “arrayed” can be construed to mean that the appearance of this individual is memorable. At the same time,...The end:
.....ety, this perspective could not be further from the truth. The ironic fact of this poem is that while the individual was “known” by many, no one truly “knew” him. The world of today is one in which there are more people than ever before and most of them are strangers to one another. Both poems reflected the fact modern society often has many individuals who are part of society yet remain apart at the same time. Works Cited Auden, W.H. “The Unknown Citizen.” Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama. Ed. X.J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia. New York: Longman Publishing, 2007. Robinson, Edwin. “Richard Cory.” Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama. Ed. X.J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia. New York: Longman Publishing, 2007.