First, read simon & garfunkel’s song lyrics.

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In 1966, Paul Simon (of Simon & Garfunkel) wrote a song entitled “Richard Cory,” providing his interpretation of E.A. Robinson’s poem by the same name. First, read Simon & Garfunkel’s song lyrics. Then, listen to a live version of the song below on Youtube:
After reading AND listening to the song, answer the following:
(a) What has been changed from the original poem & what is the effect of the changes?
(b) What does the refrain add to the song?
(c) What does actually hearing the stanzas and refrain add to your understanding of Simon and Garfunkel’s meaning (i.e., do they sing any words with a certain “attitude” that says something to you or drag out certain words to emphasize something?)
2. In 1958, when Frost turned 85, his publisher gave a party in his honor and invited Lionel Trilling, a well-known American critic of the time, to be the featured speaker. Trilling shocked everyone by confessing that he had only recently come to admire Frost’s work, specifically for its overlooked grimness. ”I regard Robert Frost as a terrifying poet….The universe that he conceives is a terrifying one,” he announced. After reading the Frost poems listed on the syllabus as well as “Out, Out” and “Stopping by Woods”, do you agree with Trilling? Cite two examples to support your opinion.

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