James Whitcomb Riley

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

James Whitcomb Riley Poems

361. Blooms Of May 4/9/2010
362. Little-Girl-Two-Little-Girls 4/9/2010
363. Old Man Whiskery-Whee-Kum-Wheeze 4/9/2010
364. Dear Hands 4/9/2010
365. Even Song 4/9/2010
366. Lullaby 4/9/2010
367. Where The Children Used To Play 4/9/2010
368. Our Boyhood Haunts 4/9/2010
369. Elizabeth 4/9/2010
370. Old October 4/9/2010
371. Donn Piatt Of Mac-O-Chee 4/9/2010
372. Green Fields And Running Brooks 4/9/2010
373. Dead Selves 4/9/2010
374. When The Hearse Comes Back 4/9/2010
375. If I Knew What Poets Know 4/9/2010
376. Her Face And Brow 4/9/2010
377. When De Folks Is Gone 4/9/2010
378. A Monument For The Soldiers 4/9/2010
379. Unless 1/3/2003
380. A Song 4/9/2010
381. When Mother Combed My Hair 4/9/2010
382. Old Aunt Mary's 4/9/2010
383. A Feel In The Chris'Mas-Air 4/9/2010
384. Griggsby's Station 4/9/2010
385. A Letter To A Friend 4/9/2010
386. A Delicious Interruption 4/9/2010
387. When My Dreams Come True 4/9/2010
388. Indiana 4/9/2010
389. A Summer Sunrise 4/9/2010
390. When The Green Gits Back In The Trees 4/9/2010
391. Her Beautiful Hands 4/9/2010
392. A Fruit Piece 4/9/2010
393. A Man Of Many Parts 4/9/2010
394. A Dost O' Blues 4/9/2010
395. Her Hair 4/9/2010
396. A Canary At The Farm 4/9/2010
397. A Diverted Tragedy 4/9/2010
398. A Home-Made Fairy Tale 4/9/2010
399. A Child-World 4/9/2010
400. An Old Sweetheart Of Mine 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 ...

Read the full of A Life-Lesson

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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