James Whitcomb Riley

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

James Whitcomb Riley Poems

241. Old Winters On The Farm 4/9/2010
242. On The Banks O' Deer Crick 4/9/2010
243. On The Sunny Side 4/9/2010
244. Only A Dream 4/9/2010
245. Orlie Wilde 1/3/2003
246. Our Boyhood Haunts 4/9/2010
247. Our Hired Girl 12/31/2002
248. Our Kind Of A Man 4/9/2010
249. Our Little Girl 4/9/2010
250. Our Own 4/9/2010
251. Out Of Nazareth 4/9/2010
252. Out Of The Hitherwhere 4/9/2010
253. Over The Eyes Of Gladness 4/9/2010
254. Pan 4/9/2010
255. Philiper Flash 4/9/2010
256. Pipes O' Pan At Zekesbury 4/9/2010
257. Plain Sermons 4/9/2010
258. Prior To Miss Belle's Appearance 4/9/2010
259. Private Theatricals 4/9/2010
260. Proem 4/9/2010
261. Reach Your Hand To Me 4/9/2010
262. Red Riding-Hood 4/9/2010
263. Regardin' Terry Hut 4/9/2010
264. Right Here At Home 4/9/2010
265. Robert Burns Wilson 4/9/2010
266. Romancin' 4/9/2010
267. Say Something To Me 4/9/2010
268. Scraps 4/9/2010
269. September Dark 4/9/2010
270. Silence 4/9/2010
271. Sister Jones's Confession 4/9/2010
272. Sleep 4/9/2010
273. Some Scattering Remarks Of Bub's 4/9/2010
274. Some Songs After Master Singers 4/9/2010
275. Song 4/9/2010
276. Song Of Parting 4/9/2010
277. Song Of The New Year 4/9/2010
278. Squire Hawkins's Story 4/9/2010
279. Thanksgiving 4/9/2010
280. That Other Maud Muller 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?

  • Joybaby John (11/1/2012 6:57:00 AM)

    I am miss joy by name, Is my pleasure to contact you after going through your profile at /www.poemhunter.com which really interest me in having communication with you. I will appreciate if you can write me back (joybabyjohn25@yahoo.co.uk) for easiest communication and to know more about each other so that i will explain myself to you and also send my picture to you.
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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

Our Hired Girl

1 Our hired girl, she's 'Lizabuth Ann;
2 An' she can cook best things to eat!
3 She ist puts dough in our pie-pan,
4 An' pours in somepin' 'at's good an' sweet;
5 An' nen she salts it all on top
6 With cinnamon; an' nen she'll stop
7 An' stoop an' slide it, ist as slow,
8 In th' old cook-stove, so's 'twon't slop
9 An' git all spilled; nen bakes it, so

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