James Whitcomb Riley

(7 October 1849 - 22 July 1916 / Greenfield, Indiana)

James Whitcomb Riley Poems

1. A Ballad 4/9/2010
2. A Barefoot Boy 12/31/2002
3. A Bear Family 4/9/2010
4. A Brave Refrain 4/9/2010
5. A Bride 4/9/2010
6. A Canary At The Farm 4/9/2010
7. A Child-World 4/9/2010
8. A Christmas Memory 4/9/2010
9. A Country Pathway 4/9/2010
10. A Cup Of Tea 4/9/2010
11. A Delicious Interruption 4/9/2010
12. A Discouraging Model 4/9/2010
13. A Ditty Of No Tone 4/9/2010
14. A Diverted Tragedy 4/9/2010
15. A Dost O' Blues 4/9/2010
16. A Dream 4/9/2010
17. A Dream Of Autumn 4/9/2010
18. A Dream Of Long Ago 4/9/2010
19. A Fantasy 4/9/2010
20. A Feel In The Chris'Mas-Air 4/9/2010
21. A Fruit Piece 4/9/2010
22. A Full Harvest 4/9/2010
23. A Glimpse Of Pan 4/9/2010
24. A Good Man 4/9/2010
25. A Gustatory Achievement 4/9/2010
26. A Home-Made Fairy Tale 4/9/2010
27. A Leave-Taking 4/9/2010
28. A Letter To A Friend 4/9/2010
29. A Life-Lesson 1/3/2003
30. A Liz Town Humorist 4/9/2010
31. A Lounger 4/9/2010
32. A Man Of Many Parts 4/9/2010
33. A Masque Of The Seasons 4/9/2010
34. A Monument For The Soldiers 4/9/2010
35. A New Year's Plaint 4/9/2010
36. A New Year's Time At Willards's 4/9/2010
37. A Noon Interval 1/3/2003
38. A Noted Traveler 4/9/2010
39. A' Old Played-Out Song 4/9/2010
40. A Parent Reprimanded 4/9/2010

Comments about James Whitcomb Riley

  • Jim Finch (9/29/2018 8:35:00 PM)

    when the weather is hot and sultry, that's no time to commit adultery.
    when the frost is on the pumpkin, that's the time for peter dunking'.

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  • James Finch (9/29/2018 8:32:00 PM)

    when the frost is on the pumpkin, that's the time for peter dunking'.

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  • Kathryn (9/14/2018 9:00:00 PM)

    Does anyone know of a poem by James Whitcom Riley about a boy who uses his father's seat in the family outhouse, which proves to be too large for him?

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  • nariah n white (11/27/2017 8:59:00 AM)

    did you know that ROBERT FROST made LITTLE ORPHANT ANNIE because I think that you work with him. So I just want to ask are you working with him. just text back as soon as you can. Oh and I am 8 years old in the 3 grade

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  • nariah (11/22/2017 9:21:00 AM)

    I love little orphan annie poet you wrote so I just want to say I love your interest in this poem

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  • Jules Levin (11/15/2013 11:13:00 AM)

    I am looking for the date of writing/publishing for each poem and could not find it on the site.
    Am I overlooking something obvious?

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  • Joybaby John (11/1/2012 6:57:00 AM)

    I am miss joy by name, Is my pleasure to contact you after going through your profile at /www.poemhunter.com which really interest me in having communication with you. I will appreciate if you can write me back (joybabyjohn25@yahoo.co.uk) for easiest communication and to know more about each other so that i will explain myself to you and also send my picture to you.
    Take care and have a nice day.
    I await hearing from you soonest.
    Yours truly


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  • Catharine Dee (3/10/2012 2:21:00 PM)

    Date of birth listed above is wrong. It's October 7th not the 9th.

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  • Stella Mary (1/3/2012 5:00:00 AM)

    I read your poems and it was good.

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  • Tony Judson (9/15/2006 8:21:00 AM)

    James I read your 'poem of the day' and I think it is brilliant! your sense of rythmn & rhyme is beautiful and your poetic license with spelling and alliteration is superb.
    It makes wish I could have been the fly on the wall in a meeting between you and the late Ogden Nash- Keep it up Cheers Tony Judson

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Best Poem of James Whitcomb Riley

A Life-Lesson

There! little girl; don't cry!
They have broken your doll, I know;
And your tea-set blue,
And your play-house, too,
Are things of the long ago;
But childish troubles will soon pass by. --
There! little girl; don't cry!

There! little girl; don't cry!
They have broken your slate, I know;
And the glad, wild ways
Of your schoolgirl days
Are things of the long ago;
But life and love will soon come by. --
There! little girl; don't cry!

There! little girl; don't cry!
They have broken your heart I know;
And the rainbow gleams ...

Read the full of A Life-Lesson

Our Hired Girl

1 Our hired girl, she's 'Lizabuth Ann;
2 An' she can cook best things to eat!
3 She ist puts dough in our pie-pan,
4 An' pours in somepin' 'at's good an' sweet;
5 An' nen she salts it all on top
6 With cinnamon; an' nen she'll stop
7 An' stoop an' slide it, ist as slow,
8 In th' old cook-stove, so's 'twon't slop
9 An' git all spilled; nen bakes it, so

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