James Whitcomb Riley

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

James Whitcomb Riley Poems

121. When Age Comes On 4/9/2010
122. James Whitcomb Riley 3/12/2015
123. Right Here At Home 4/9/2010
124. Red Riding-Hood 4/9/2010
125. The Sphinx 4/9/2010
126. The Watches Of The Night 4/9/2010
127. The Rain 4/9/2010
128. The Pixy People 4/9/2010
129. The Old Trundle-Bed 4/9/2010
130. The Lugubrious Whing-Whang 4/9/2010
131. The Lost Kiss 4/9/2010
132. The Old Home By The Mill 4/9/2010
133. The Blossoms On The Trees 4/9/2010
134. The Circus-Day Parade 4/9/2010
135. The Happy Little Cripple 4/9/2010
136. The Runaway Boy 4/9/2010
137. Thinkin' Back 4/9/2010
138. To Robert Burns 4/9/2010
139. Up And Down Old Brandywine 4/9/2010
140. Squire Hawkins's Story 4/9/2010
141. The Lost Thrill 4/9/2010
142. The Little Fat Doctor 4/9/2010
143. The Old Hay-Mow 4/9/2010
144. The Legend Glorified 4/9/2010
145. Say Something To Me 4/9/2010
146. The Good, Old-Fashioned People 4/9/2010
147. The Funny Little Fellow 4/9/2010
148. The Brook-Song 4/9/2010
149. Song Of Parting 4/9/2010
150. The Iron Horse 4/9/2010
151. The Days Gone By 4/9/2010
152. The Old Retired Sea Captain 4/9/2010
153. The Home-Going 4/9/2010
154. The Nine Little Goblins 4/9/2010
155. The Treasure Of The Wise Man 4/9/2010
156. Thomas The Pretender 4/9/2010
157. We Must Get Home 4/9/2010
158. The Rival 1/4/2003
159. The Rapture Of The Year 1/3/2003
160. The King 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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