Eugene Field

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Eugene Field, Sr. was an American writer, best known for his children's poetry and humorous essays.


Field was an unusual poet. He was one of the few poets who wrote only children's poetry. That is how he got his nickname, The Children's Poet.

It all started September 2, 1850, at 634 South Broadway in Saint Louis. That's w ...

Eugene Field Poems

Little Boy Blue

The little toy dog is covered with dust,
But sturdy and stanch he stands;
And the little toy soldier is red with rust,
And his musket molds in his hands.

Wynken, Blynken, And Nod

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night
Sailed off in a wooden shoe,--
Sailed on a river of crystal light
Into a sea of dew.

Jest 'Fore Christmas

Father calls me William, sister calls me Will,
Mother calls me Willie, but the fellers call me Bill!
Mighty glad I ain't a girl - ruther be a boy,
Without them sashes, curls, an' things that's worn by Fauntleroy!


On afternoons, when baby boy has had a splendid nap,
And sits, like any monarch on his throne, in nurse's lap,
In some such wise my handkerchief I hold before my face,
And cautiously and quietly I move about the place;

The Duel

The gingham dog and the calico cat
Side by side on the table sat;
'T was half-past twelve, and (what do you think!)
Nor one nor t' other had slept a wink!

Eugene Field Quotes

11 November 2014

Mr. Clarke played the King all evening as though under constant fear that someone else was about to play the Ace.

Eugene Field Comments

Rena Bradbury 26 October 2005

My grandfather read Eugene Field to me when I was younger. He is by far my favorite poet. I have noticed however that there are a few type-o's in some of them. You have even left out a compleat verse in 'Pittypat and Tippytoe'. I am wondering if you did this because of its refference to God? Even though, you have done a wonderful thing here. Thank you.

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Melissa Conner 15 June 2018

I have loved his poetry since I was a child. My mother read all of his poems to me many times. I believe she told me that Little Boy Blue was written about is son who died at age 6. Can anyone here confirm this?

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Maxine Fisher 17 April 2018

I recited a poem of Eugene Fields entitled Shoes and Stockings and do. Not see it listed here!

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Abdul Armaan 28 January 2020

Age 18 year old

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Jean Anderson 04 December 2019

I recited this poem at the age of 3 and would like to print it out for my great grandchildren.

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Le petit garçon bleu 29 December 2018


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Joan Revill 05 November 2018

Why did he date his poem Christmas Eve 1914, when he died in 1895

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Christie 19 June 2018

Did he write Fairy Parachute?

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