James Whitcomb Riley

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

James Whitcomb Riley Poems

241. A Tale Of The Airly Days 4/9/2010
242. When Lide Married _Him_ 4/9/2010
243. Back From A Two-Years' Sentence 4/9/2010
244. Autumn 4/9/2010
245. He Called Her In 4/9/2010
246. John Walsh 4/9/2010
247. Leedle Dutch Baby 4/9/2010
248. In The Dark 4/9/2010
249. In The South 4/9/2010
250. Inscribed 4/9/2010
251. A Song Of Singing 4/9/2010
252. An Autumnal Extravaganza 4/9/2010
253. Johnson's Boy 4/9/2010
254. Mylo Jones's Wife 4/9/2010
255. A Wrangdillion 4/9/2010
256. A Variation 4/9/2010
257. When Bessie Died 4/9/2010
258. When Old Jack Died 4/9/2010
259. Billy's Alphabetical Animal Show 4/9/2010
260. Friday Afternoon 4/9/2010
261. Doc Sifers 4/9/2010
262. Dot Leedle Boy 4/9/2010
263. Kneeling With Herrick 4/9/2010
264. Laughter Holding Both His Sides 4/9/2010
265. Maymie's Story Of Red Riding Hood 4/9/2010
266. In The Evening 4/9/2010
267. Heat-Lightning 4/9/2010
268. Climatic Sorcery 4/9/2010
269. Noey Bixler 4/9/2010
270. North And South 4/9/2010
271. Only A Dream 4/9/2010
272. Lines For An Album 4/9/2010
273. John Brown 4/9/2010
274. A Prospective Visit 4/9/2010
275. An Old Friend 4/9/2010
276. Dead In Sight Of Fame 4/9/2010
277. Dead Leaves 4/9/2010
278. Morton 4/9/2010
279. Old Fashioned Roses 4/9/2010
280. Gratefully And Affectionately Inscribed To Joel Chandler Harris 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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