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Analysis and comments on Little Orphant Annie by James Whitcomb Riley

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Comment 59 of 159, added on February 26th, 2008 at 3:58 AM.

I came here searching for this poem for a 92 year old lady who fondly
remembers it from her girlhood. There should be no doubt of the magic of
the poetry to a child's ears. Thank you for this website.

Laura G. from United States
Comment 58 of 159, added on October 12th, 2007 at 4:21 PM.

My great-grandmother (the most influential person that I ever had in my
life) would recite this poem to my uncle and me when we were little boys.
I have been trying to find it for years now, as my grandmother has turned
to a 'great' and wishes to recites it to the young ones now. Thanks!

Derek from Germany
Comment 57 of 159, added on June 19th, 2007 at 3:02 PM.

what a incredible poem about the trials and tribulations of being a kid,
and gradual change into an adult.

Roman Soiko from United States
Comment 56 of 159, added on May 24th, 2007 at 11:34 PM.

I had this poem memorized and would recite it with my siblings to entertain
my family. I still love the images it brings to mind - kind of scary, but
always with a feeling of being ok. I'm passing this on to my own children,
hoping the joy of poetry will take the place of television!!

Joanne from United States
Comment 55 of 159, added on May 7th, 2007 at 10:20 PM.

I LOVE this poem. My Grandmother recites it to me all the time and now I
have learned it. It's such a good poem to pass through the generations. I
will make sure that my children and grandchildren hear this poem.

Comment 54 of 159, added on April 3rd, 2007 at 7:43 PM.

As a junior high teacher, I asked students to share this poem and to
memorize it or parts of it as an assignment.
I am sure they liked the language, the rhyme and the story that it tells.
This and The Passing of the Outhouse are two of my favorite poems. I am
about to share it with my youngest grandchildren. Their delight will prove

Ralph Ettel from United States
Comment 53 of 159, added on April 19th, 2006 at 1:02 PM.

Back in 1959, my 4th grade teacher would read poetry to us in the
afternoons. We'd put our heads on our desks, and Mrs. Garrett would read.
"Little Orphant Annie" was one of our favorites.
Almost 50 years later I recognize the influence of sharing what we love.
Kudos to all teachers who read or recite to their students.

Karen Maas from United States
Comment 52 of 159, added on March 28th, 2006 at 2:41 PM.

This was my nick-name when I was little and at 2 yrs. my sisters had me
memorize this and I would perform for all our aunts etc.. Bad part was I
thought I was adopted and for some reason that meant unwanted!!

AJ from United States
Comment 51 of 159, added on March 4th, 2006 at 2:26 AM.

I remember this poem with love, like all the others posting on here. I
have a vague memory of it being in a child's book with a drawing of Annie
going up the stairs with a candle - there were shadows on the wall, I think
they were the goblins. I wish I could see this book again, it was so
scary, and a delicious creepy memory to a little kid - that was me!

Patti Swenski from United States
Comment 50 of 159, added on February 8th, 2006 at 3:18 PM.

When our book club decided to have a "share your favorite poem" night, my
first thought was of Annie. My Indiana grandmother used to recite the poem
to me 60 years ago,and I've never forgotten how I loved it. I have two
Riley books (published 1904 and 1905), but not this one. I'm so glad for
your web site, so I can read to my friends about the goblins.

Judy Barbee from United States

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Poet: James Whitcomb Riley
Poem: Little Orphant Annie
Volume: Complete Works
Year: 1916
Added: Jun 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Oct 23 2014

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