James Whitcomb Riley

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

James Whitcomb Riley Poems

41. The Old Days 4/9/2010
42. The Orchard Lands Of Long Ago 4/9/2010
43. The Passing Of A Heart 4/9/2010
44. The Pathos Of Applause 4/9/2010
45. The Plaint Human 4/9/2010
46. The Quest 4/9/2010
47. The Quiet Lodger 4/9/2010
48. The Rambo-Tree 4/9/2010
49. The Rider Of The Knee 4/9/2010
50. The Shoemaker 4/9/2010
51. The Silent Victors 4/9/2010
52. The Singer 4/9/2010
53. The Speeding Of The King's Spite 4/9/2010
54. The Squirtgun Uncle Maked Me 4/9/2010
55. The Stepmother 4/9/2010
56. The Touches Of Her Hand 4/9/2010
57. The Town Karnteel 4/9/2010
58. The Way It Wuz 4/9/2010
59. The Wife-Blessed 4/9/2010
60. Their Sweet Sorrow 4/9/2010
61. Thinkin' Back 4/9/2010
62. Thomas The Pretender 4/9/2010
63. Thoughts Fer The Discuraged Farmer 4/9/2010
64. Three Dead Friends 4/9/2010
65. Through Sleepy-Land 4/9/2010
66. The Twins 4/9/2010
67. The Wandering Jew 4/9/2010
68. Time Of Clearer Twitterings 4/9/2010
69. To An Importunate Ghost 4/9/2010
70. To My Good Master 4/9/2010
71. To Santa Claus 4/9/2010
72. To The Serenader 4/9/2010
73. Told By 4/9/2010
74. Tom Van Arden 4/9/2010
75. Tugg Martin 4/9/2010
76. Uncle Mart's Poem 4/9/2010
77. Waitin' Fer The Cat To Die 4/9/2010
78. Want To Be Whur Mother Is 4/9/2010
79. Wash Lowry's Reminiscence 4/9/2010
80. Wet Weather Talk 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

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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