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

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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