James Whitcomb Riley

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

James Whitcomb Riley Poems

1. Orlie Wilde 1/3/2003
2. The Harper 1/3/2003
3. The Rapture Of The Year 1/3/2003
4. At Broad Ripple 1/3/2003
5. The Rival 1/4/2003
6. The Song Of Yesterday 1/3/2003
7. The Willow 1/3/2003
8. To A Boy Whistling 1/3/2003
9. Ylladmar 1/3/2003
10. Company Manners 4/9/2010
11. Hik-Tee-Dik! 4/9/2010
12. Igo And Ago 4/9/2010
13. Johnson's Boy 4/9/2010
14. Mylo Jones's Wife 4/9/2010
15. A Bride 4/9/2010
16. A Song Of Singing 4/9/2010
17. A Southern Singer 4/9/2010
18. A Spring Song And A Later 4/9/2010
19. A Variation 4/9/2010
20. A Very Youthful Affair 4/9/2010
21. A Voice From The Farm 4/9/2010
22. A Wraith Of Summertime 4/9/2010
23. A Wrangdillion 4/9/2010
24. Almon Keefer 4/9/2010
25. An Autumnal Extravaganza 4/9/2010
26. An Empty Nest 4/9/2010
27. An Old Year's Address 4/9/2010
28. An Out-Worn Sappho 4/9/2010
29. Anselmo 4/9/2010
30. A Tale Of The Airly Days 4/9/2010
31. As My Uncle Used To Say 4/9/2010
32. At Last 4/9/2010
33. At Noey's House 4/9/2010
34. At Noon--And Midnight 4/9/2010
35. At Utter Loaf 4/9/2010
36. August 4/9/2010
37. Becalmed 4/9/2010
38. Being His Mother 4/9/2010
39. Bewildering Emotions 4/9/2010
40. Billy And His Drum 4/9/2010

Comments about James Whitcomb Riley

  • 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

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

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

  • Stella Mary (1/3/2012 5:00:00 AM)

    I read your poems and it was good.

  • 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

  • Carolyn Binkley (10/6/2005 6:47:00 PM)

    James Whitcomb Riley is by far one of my favorite poets of all time. I love his imagery, his imagination, his rhyme and rhythm. And most of all I love his sense of 'simple' and his connection to the nature in all of us. He cleverly plays with that which is real, unlike Lewis Carroll who cleverly plays with that which is not.

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 ...

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A Parting Guest

What delightful hosts are they --
   Life and Love!
Lingeringly I turn away,
   This late hour, yet glad enough
They have not withheld from me
   Their high hospitality.
So, with face lit with delight
   And all gratitude, I stay
   Yet to press their hands and say,

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