James Whitcomb Riley

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

James Whitcomb Riley Poems

241. John Walsh 4/9/2010
242. Iry And Billy Jo 4/9/2010
243. It's_Got_To Be 4/9/2010
244. I Smoke My Pipe 4/9/2010
245. His Mother's Way 4/9/2010
246. His Room 4/9/2010
247. He Called Her In 4/9/2010
248. Grandfather Squeers 4/9/2010
249. Fame 4/9/2010
250. Blind 4/9/2010
251. Dearth 4/9/2010
252. Down Around The River 4/9/2010
253. Back From A Two-Years' Sentence 4/9/2010
254. Autumn 4/9/2010
255. At Crown Hill 4/9/2010
256. An Impetuous Resolve 4/9/2010
257. An Old Friend 4/9/2010
258. A Prospective Visit 4/9/2010
259. A Song Of Long Ago 4/9/2010
260. We To Sigh Instead Of Sing 1/3/2003
261. There Was A Cherry-Tree 1/3/2003
262. Dream 4/9/2010
263. A Diverted Tragedy 4/9/2010
264. A Dost O' Blues 4/9/2010
265. A Ballad 4/9/2010
266. A Feel In The Chris'Mas-Air 4/9/2010
267. A Glimpse Of Pan 4/9/2010
268. A Scrawl 4/9/2010
269. As Created 4/9/2010
270. Bedouin 4/9/2010
271. Billy's Alphabetical Animal Show 4/9/2010
272. Down On Wriggle Crick 4/9/2010
273. Dreamer, Say 4/9/2010
274. Das Krist Kindel 4/9/2010
275. Climatic Sorcery 4/9/2010
276. Dusk 4/9/2010
277. Even Song 4/9/2010
278. Heat-Lightning 4/9/2010
279. Intellectual Limitations 4/9/2010
280. Home At Night 4/9/2010

Comments about James Whitcomb Riley

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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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