James Whitcomb Riley

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

James Whitcomb Riley Poems

81. To Santa Claus 4/9/2010
82. We Must Believe 4/9/2010
83. Wet Weather Talk 4/9/2010
84. What Chris'Mas Fetched The Wigginses 4/9/2010
85. The Drum 4/9/2010
86. What Smith Knew About Farming 4/9/2010
87. What The Wind Said 4/9/2010
88. Wait For The Morning 4/9/2010
89. To My Old Friend, William Leachman 4/9/2010
90. The Shower 4/9/2010
91. To Hear Her Sing 4/9/2010
92. Them Flowers 4/9/2010
93. The Train Misser 4/9/2010
94. The South Wind And The Sun 4/9/2010
95. The Rose 4/9/2010
96. The Old Year And The New 4/9/2010
97. The Rainy Morning 4/9/2010
98. The Lost Path 4/9/2010
99. The Little Lady 4/9/2010
100. The Hoosier Folk-Child 4/9/2010
101. The Evening Company 4/9/2010
102. Thanksgiving 4/9/2010
103. The Chant Of The Cross-Bearing Child 4/9/2010
104. The Boy Patriot 4/9/2010
105. The Bat 4/9/2010
106. Robert Burns Wilson 4/9/2010
107. Philiper Flash 4/9/2010
108. Pipes O' Pan At Zekesbury 4/9/2010
109. Over The Eyes Of Gladness 4/9/2010
110. The Shoemaker 4/9/2010
111. The Same Old Story 4/9/2010
112. The Sermon Of The Rose 4/9/2010
113. The Old-Home Folks 4/9/2010
114. To Annie 4/9/2010
115. We Are Not Always Glad When We Smile 4/9/2010
116. When Age Comes On 4/9/2010
117. To The Judge 4/9/2010
118. The Hoodoo 4/9/2010
119. The Little Town O' Tailholt 4/9/2010
120. The Pet Coon 4/9/2010

Comments about James Whitcomb Riley

  • 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

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 ...

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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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