The word "people" can refer to a group of individuals, or it can refer to a collective people such as the ones described by the narrator's "we".
The description of Richard Cory as "richer than a king" may be hyperbole, because although the man is wealthy the narrator does not know his net worth.
“People on the pavement” repeats the initial sound of the letter “P” and is an example of alliteration.
An example of assonance can be found on lines 5 and 7, where “arrayed” rhymes imperfectly with “said”.
The final two lines of the poem candidly inform the reader of Cory’s sudden suicide, symbolizing his spiritual barrenness and discontent with life.
In the poem, Robinson paints an enviable and admirable picture of Richard Cory as a fine gentleman who was “richer than a king” (line 9), but commits suicide.
The major conflict in this piece is between a wealthy man and the townspeople who are so put off and distracted by his external mannerisms and appearance that they never get to know the real person.
They resent and envy him for his affluence, but they do not actually know the man they envy.
He was a gentleman from sole to crown”, and which implies that he is of much higher socio-economic class vs… The use of the word crown” gives the reader a picture of someone noble and regal.
Robinson reinforces that Image of a manages royal figure by fowling that with the use of the word “imperially”.