James Whitcomb Riley

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

James Whitcomb Riley Poems

401. To My Good Master 4/9/2010
402. To My Old Friend, William Leachman 4/9/2010
403. To Robert Burns 4/9/2010
404. To Santa Claus 4/9/2010
405. To The Judge 4/9/2010
406. To The Serenader 4/9/2010
407. Told By 4/9/2010
408. Tom Johnson's Quit 4/9/2010
409. Tom Van Arden 4/9/2010
410. Tugg Martin 4/9/2010
411. Uncle Mart's Poem 4/9/2010
412. Unless 1/3/2003
413. Up And Down Old Brandywine 4/9/2010
414. Wait For The Morning 4/9/2010
415. Waitin' Fer The Cat To Die 4/9/2010
416. Want To Be Whur Mother Is 4/9/2010
417. Wash Lowry's Reminiscence 4/9/2010
418. We Are Not Always Glad When We Smile 4/9/2010
419. We Must Believe 4/9/2010
420. We Must Get Home 4/9/2010
421. We To Sigh Instead Of Sing 1/3/2003
422. Wet Weather Talk 4/9/2010
423. What Chris'Mas Fetched The Wigginses 4/9/2010
424. What Smith Knew About Farming 4/9/2010
425. What The Wind Said 4/9/2010
426. When Age Comes On 4/9/2010
427. When Bessie Died 4/9/2010
428. When De Folks Is Gone 4/9/2010
429. When Early March Seems Middle May 4/9/2010
430. When Evening Shadows Fall 4/9/2010
431. When June Is Here 4/9/2010
432. When Lide Married _Him_ 4/9/2010
433. When Mother Combed My Hair 4/9/2010
434. When My Dreams Come True 4/9/2010
435. When Old Jack Died 4/9/2010
436. When She Comes Home 4/9/2010
437. When The Frost Is On The Punkin 12/31/2002
438. When The Green Gits Back In The Trees 4/9/2010
439. When The Hearse Comes Back 4/9/2010
440. Where Shall We Land 4/9/2010

Comments about James Whitcomb Riley

  • 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

Orlie Wilde

A goddess, with a siren's grace,--
A sun-haired girl on a craggy place
Above a bay where fish-boats lay
Drifting about like birds of prey.

Wrought was she of a painter's dream,--
Wise only as are artists wise,
My artist-friend, Rolf Herschkelhiem,
With deep sad eyes of oversize,

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