James Whitcomb Riley

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

James Whitcomb Riley Poems

81. Uncle Mart's Poem 4/9/2010
82. To Santa Claus 4/9/2010
83. Waitin' Fer The Cat To Die 4/9/2010
84. Want To Be Whur Mother Is 4/9/2010
85. Wash Lowry's Reminiscence 4/9/2010
86. Wet Weather Talk 4/9/2010
87. What Chris'Mas Fetched The Wigginses 4/9/2010
88. We Must Believe 4/9/2010
89. The Drum 4/9/2010
90. What Smith Knew About Farming 4/9/2010
91. To Hear Her Sing 4/9/2010
92. Wait For The Morning 4/9/2010
93. To My Old Friend, William Leachman 4/9/2010
94. Them Flowers 4/9/2010
95. The Train Misser 4/9/2010
96. The South Wind And The Sun 4/9/2010
97. The Shower 4/9/2010
98. The Rose 4/9/2010
99. The Old Year And The New 4/9/2010
100. The Lost Path 4/9/2010
101. The Little Lady 4/9/2010
102. The Hoosier Folk-Child 4/9/2010
103. The Chant Of The Cross-Bearing Child 4/9/2010
104. The Evening Company 4/9/2010
105. The Boy Patriot 4/9/2010
106. Thanksgiving 4/9/2010
107. The Bat 4/9/2010
108. Robert Burns Wilson 4/9/2010
109. Philiper Flash 4/9/2010
110. Pipes O' Pan At Zekesbury 4/9/2010
111. Right Here At Home 4/9/2010
112. The Hoodoo 4/9/2010
113. The Little Town O' Tailholt 4/9/2010
114. The Old-Home Folks 4/9/2010
115. The Old Tramp 4/9/2010
116. The Pet Coon 4/9/2010
117. The Sermon Of The Rose 4/9/2010
118. The Same Old Story 4/9/2010
119. To Annie 4/9/2010
120. To The Judge 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

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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