James Whitcomb Riley

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

James Whitcomb Riley Poems

201. Becalmed 4/9/2010
202. Anselmo 4/9/2010
203. Harlie 4/9/2010
204. Has She Forgotten? 4/9/2010
205. June 4/9/2010
206. May I Not Weep With You 4/9/2010
207. Luther Benson 4/9/2010
208. Grandfather Squeers 4/9/2010
209. Blind 4/9/2010
210. The Old Times Were The Best 1/3/2003
211. An Old Year's Address 4/9/2010
212. A Spring Song And A Later 4/9/2010
213. How It Happened 4/9/2010
214. Marthy Ellen 4/9/2010
215. Moon-Drowned 4/9/2010
216. My Mary 4/9/2010
217. Home At Night 4/9/2010
218. Intellectual Limitations 4/9/2010
219. Mr. Hammond's Parable--The Dreamer 4/9/2010
220. At Crown Hill 4/9/2010
221. A Southern Singer 4/9/2010
222. My Friend 4/9/2010
223. My Jolly Friend's Secret 4/9/2010
224. Iry And Billy Jo 4/9/2010
225. It's_Got_To Be 4/9/2010
226. My Dancin'-Days Is Over 4/9/2010
227. Out Of The Hitherwhere 4/9/2010
228. A Voice From The Farm 4/9/2010
229. Hik-Tee-Dik! 4/9/2010
230. Igo And Ago 4/9/2010
231. An Empty Nest 4/9/2010
232. His Vigil 4/9/2010
233. Illileo 4/9/2010
234. How John Quit The Farm 4/9/2010
235. With Hale Affection And Abiding Faith These Rhymes And Pictures Are Inscribed To The Children Everywhere 4/9/2010
236. Wortermelon Time 4/9/2010
237. The Ripest Peach 1/3/2003
238. Almon Keefer 4/9/2010
239. A Wraith Of Summertime 4/9/2010
240. A Tale Of The Airly Days 4/9/2010

Comments about James Whitcomb Riley

  • Catharine Dee (3/10/2012 2:21:00 PM)

    Date of birth listed above is wrong. It's October 7th not the 9th.

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  • Stella Mary (1/3/2012 5:00:00 AM)

    I read your poems and it was good.

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  • 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

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  • 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

Little Orphant Annie

To all the little children: -- The happy ones; and sad ones;
The sober and the silent ones; the boisterous and glad ones;
The good ones -- Yes, the good ones, too; and all the lovely bad ones.

Little Orphant Annie's come to our house to stay,
An' wash the cups an' saucers up, an' brush the crumbs away,
An' shoo the chickens off the porch, an' dust the hearth, an' sweep,
An' make the fire, an' bake the bread, an' earn her board-an'-keep;
An' all us other childern, when the supper-things is done,
We set around the kitchen fire an' has the mostest fun
A-list'nin' ...

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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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