James Whitcomb Riley

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

James Whitcomb Riley Poems

81. At Noon--And Midnight 4/9/2010
82. At Sea 4/9/2010
83. At Utter Loaf 4/9/2010
84. August 4/9/2010
85. Autumn 4/9/2010
86. Away 4/9/2010
87. Babyhood 4/9/2010
88. Back From A Two-Years' Sentence 4/9/2010
89. Becalmed 4/9/2010
90. Bedouin 4/9/2010
91. Being His Mother 4/9/2010
92. Bewildering Emotions 4/9/2010
93. Billy And His Drum 4/9/2010
94. Billy's Alphabetical Animal Show 4/9/2010
95. Blind 4/9/2010
96. Blooms Of May 4/9/2010
97. Bryant 4/9/2010
98. By Her White Bed 4/9/2010
99. Climatic Sorcery 4/9/2010
100. Company Manners 4/9/2010
101. Cousin Rufus' Story 4/9/2010
102. Craqueodoom 4/9/2010
103. Curly Locks 4/9/2010
104. Dan Paine 4/9/2010
105. Das Krist Kindel 4/9/2010
106. Dawn, Noon And Dewfall 4/9/2010
107. Dead In Sight Of Fame 4/9/2010
108. Dead Leaves 4/9/2010
109. Dead Selves 4/9/2010
110. Dear Hands 4/9/2010
111. Dearth 4/9/2010
112. Doc Sifers 4/9/2010
113. Donn Piatt Of Mac-O-Chee 4/9/2010
114. Dot Leedle Boy 4/9/2010
115. Down Around The River 4/9/2010
116. Down On Wriggle Crick 4/9/2010
117. Dream 4/9/2010
118. Dreamer, Say 4/9/2010
119. Dream-March 4/9/2010
120. Dusk 4/9/2010

Comments about James Whitcomb Riley

  • nariah n white (11/27/2017 8:59:00 AM)

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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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