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

  • 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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  • 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

When The Frost Is On The Punkin

When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock
And you hear the kyouck and gobble of the struttin' turkey cock
And the clackin' of the guineys, and the cluckin' of the hens
And the rooster's hallylooyer as he tiptoes on the fence
O, it's then's the times a feller is a-feelin' at his best
With the risin' sun to greet him from a night of peaceful rest
As he leaves the house, bareheaded, and goes out to feed the stock
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock

They's something kindo' harty-like about the atmusfere
When the heat of...

Read the full of When The Frost Is On The Punkin

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!

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