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

A Barefoot Boy

A barefoot boy! I mark him at his play --
For May is here once more, and so is he, --
His dusty trousers, rolled half to the knee,
And his bare ankles grimy, too, as they:
Cross-hatchings of the nettle, in array
Of feverish stripes, hint vividly to me
Of woody pathways winding endlessly
Along the creek, where even yesterday
He plunged his shrinking body -- gasped and shook --
Yet called the water 'warm,' with never lack
Of joy. And so, half enviously I look
Upon this graceless barefoot and his track, --
His toe stubbed -- ay, his big toe-nail ...

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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!