James Whitcomb Riley

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

James Whitcomb Riley Poems

121. Regardin' Terry Hut 4/9/2010
122. Romancin' 4/9/2010
123. That Other Maud Muller 4/9/2010
124. The Ancient Printman 4/9/2010
125. The Artemus Of Michigan 4/9/2010
126. The Beautiful City 4/9/2010
127. The Best Is Good Enough 4/9/2010
128. The Best Times 4/9/2010
129. The Book Of Joyous Children 4/9/2010
130. The Boy Lives On Our Farm 4/9/2010
131. The Boys 4/9/2010
132. The Boy's Candidate 4/9/2010
133. The Child-World 4/9/2010
134. The Clover 4/9/2010
135. The Curse Of The Wandering Foot 4/9/2010
136. The Cyclone 4/9/2010
137. The Dead Lover 4/9/2010
138. The Frog 4/9/2010
139. The Harp Of The Minstrel 4/9/2010
140. The Hereafter 4/9/2010
141. The Hired Man And Floretty 4/9/2010
142. The Jaybird 4/9/2010
143. The Jolly Miller 4/9/2010
144. The Katydids 4/9/2010
145. The King 4/9/2010
146. The Legend Glorified 4/9/2010
147. The Little Coat 4/9/2010
148. The Little Fat Doctor 4/9/2010
149. The Loehrs And The Hammonds 4/9/2010
150. The Mulberry Tree 4/9/2010
151. The Old Days 4/9/2010
152. The Orchard Lands Of Long Ago 4/9/2010
153. The Passing Of A Heart 4/9/2010
154. The Pathos Of Applause 4/9/2010
155. The Plaint Human 4/9/2010
156. The Quest 4/9/2010
157. The Quiet Lodger 4/9/2010
158. The Rambo-Tree 4/9/2010
159. The Rider Of The Knee 4/9/2010
160. The Serenade 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 ...

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A Parting Guest

What delightful hosts are they --
   Life and Love!
Lingeringly I turn away,
   This late hour, yet glad enough
They have not withheld from me
   Their high hospitality.
So, with face lit with delight
   And all gratitude, I stay
   Yet to press their hands and say,

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