There is also another more general irony about human beings. He wrote sad poems about sad people particularly sad New Englandersand his poem "Richard Cory" is really his peak sad poem.
Some expressions are somewhat absurd and we fail to make sense out of them. The people of the town, who are clearly of a lower financial class, place Richard Cory on a pedestal.
When Richard Cory went to the city, the speaker and his friends would look at him. Now we see that it is a foolish idea. He was well dressed.
They are described as waiting for some kind of good luck, "light", or salvation and meanwhile going without luxuries such as meat.