James Whitcomb Riley

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

James Whitcomb Riley Poems

401. A Gustatory Achievement 4/9/2010
402. A Discouraging Model 4/9/2010
403. A Ditty Of No Tone 4/9/2010
404. A Bear Family 4/9/2010
405. A Brave Refrain 4/9/2010
406. A Full Harvest 4/9/2010
407. A Worn-Out Pencil 4/9/2010
408. The Old Swimmin' Hole 12/31/2002
409. A Lounger 4/9/2010
410. Curly Locks 4/9/2010
411. A Ballad 4/9/2010
412. Where-Away 4/9/2010
413. A Bride 4/9/2010
414. A Dream Of Autumn 4/9/2010
415. A Leave-Taking 4/9/2010
416. The Harper 1/3/2003
417. A Christmas Memory 4/9/2010
418. The Old Guitar 1/3/2003
419. Ylladmar 1/3/2003
420. At Broad Ripple 1/3/2003
421. Orlie Wilde 1/3/2003
422. A Fantasy 4/9/2010
423. Who Bides His Time 1/3/2003
424. Song Of The New Year 4/9/2010
425. Ike Walton's Prayer 1/3/2003
426. A Dream 4/9/2010
427. A Country Pathway 4/9/2010
428. The Raggedy Man 12/31/2002
429. Her Beautiful Eyes 4/9/2010
430. A Dream Of Long Ago 4/9/2010
431. A Child-World 4/9/2010
432. A Passing Hail 1/3/2003
433. A Masque Of The Seasons 4/9/2010
434. Our Hired Girl 12/31/2002
435. A Good Man 4/9/2010
436. A Parting Guest 1/4/2003
437. A Song Of The Road 1/3/2003
438. Away 4/9/2010
439. Liberty 1/3/2003
440. Dream 4/9/2010

Comments about James Whitcomb Riley

  • 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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  • 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.

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Best Poem of James Whitcomb Riley

Little Orphant Annie

To all the little children: -- The happy ones; and sad ones;
The sober and the silent ones; the boisterous and glad ones;
The good ones -- Yes, the good ones, too; and all the lovely bad ones.

Little Orphant Annie's come to our house to stay,
An' wash the cups an' saucers up, an' brush the crumbs away,
An' shoo the chickens off the porch, an' dust the hearth, an' sweep,
An' make the fire, an' bake the bread, an' earn her board-an'-keep;
An' all us other childern, when the supper-things is done,
We set around the kitchen fire an' has the mostest fun
A-list'nin' ...

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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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