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Analysis and comments on Little Orphant Annie by James Whitcomb Riley

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Comment 32 of 132, added on September 29th, 2005 at 8:02 AM.

I work in a Nursing Home in Romford, Essex as an Activities Organizer.
During one of our group sessions to my astonishment Ada Duke a wonderful
lady of 95 years recited the first three verses of Little Orphant Annie
(word perfect).I must admit I had never heard of this poem so was delighted
when I found the web site. Apparently, Ada learned this poem when she was
at primary school in Leeds, Yorkshire. She told me she thought there might
have been a fourth verse but had never been taught it. When eight years of
age she entered a competition at the local picture house and for several
weeks won two shillings and sixpence for reciting this delightful poem. She
proudly added that she used to run home as fast as she could to give the
money to her mother who was very hard up at the time having several little
ones to care for.

Dee Fentiman from United Kingdom
Comment 31 of 132, added on September 12th, 2005 at 7:01 PM.

Riley Festival's theme, this year, is "Little Orphant Annie".. I am a
Seamstress/Crafter.. I was doing research on this theme, because, I did not
know that James W. Riley wrote this story... I found out that she is a
real person.. I have been to her grave and today I found her house, that
she lived in from the age of 16 years old...I am 43 years old and it just
shows that you're never too old to learn History.. Even my daughter, who is
10 yrs., is enjoying this research with me.. And, there is a lot more still
to learn...!!!

Debbie Cooley from United States
Comment 30 of 132, added on August 30th, 2005 at 11:45 AM.

I was born in 1940, and my older sister used to read this to me at bedtime.
Oh, how I loved to hear it again and again! Recently I tried to read it
to my grandkids, and they immediately got frightened and started to cry. I
stopped the reading, being sorely disappointed in my own blood kin! What
wimps! I wonder if the computer knowledge they have is a suitable
replacement for such rich stories!? Oh, sigh. Now I just read it to
myself, aloud, every now and again. I love it as much now as I did then.

Carolyn Morton from United States
Comment 29 of 132, added on August 11th, 2005 at 10:14 AM.

My mother used to recite this poem to me and my younger sister. It is one
of my fondest memories of my childhood.

Carol from United States
Comment 28 of 132, added on July 28th, 2005 at 5:05 PM.

I am 61 years old now My Mom passed away a little over a year ago. I have
such fond memories of her telling this poem to me for so many years. She
knew it by heart and sometimes I would want her attention, so I asked her
to tell me the "Annie" poem again. She always did.

N.J.Moore from United States
Comment 27 of 132, added on June 4th, 2005 at 6:39 AM.

My grandma used to recite this poem by heart to me and all of her other
grandchildren. I never knew who wrote it until I came to this website. Now
I know....When I read it, I got tears in my eyes thinking of my wonderful
grandmother and how long it has been since she has passed.

J. Richter from United States
Comment 26 of 132, added on February 28th, 2005 at 11:26 PM.

Like many of the postings here, I too, heard this poem when I was a child.
We had a collection of Mr. Riley's works and I remember lying in bed with
my Mom while she read these to me. ALthough it's not here, one of my
favorites was "Nine Little Goblins" (if anyone has it I would be forever
grateful of you could e-mail it to me). But, as a Hoosier who was the child
of another Hoosier who grew up during the Depression, I can honestly say
that James Whitcomb Riley had a very special place in our library. Although
I no longer have the book, I can still feel mom's fingers sneaking up my
arm as she said "an' the gobble-uns a gitcha ef ya' don't watch out!"
Thanks for reminding me of something too wonderful for words!

Katrina Ellsworth from United States
Comment 25 of 132, added on February 24th, 2005 at 10:35 PM.

Was watching an "alien abduction" movie when the words to this poem popped
into my mind. My father used to recite it to me when I was little. I loved
the scary imagery and the strange words. Daddy is gone now, but I can still
hear his voice. Since he did it from memory, I had no idea who the author
was. I'm so pleased to find it here so that I can share it with my
grandchildren!

c. brown from United States
Comment 24 of 132, added on February 23rd, 2005 at 10:26 AM.

Hello all i have a boyfriend. his name is bobby knight. he likes this poem
a lot! he recites everyday to me. we make out to it all the time. he is
like 84 and i am like 25. This poem is like way old and people make out to
it. okay well i'm glad you like my body okay bye love bobby knight

Bobby Knight from United States
Comment 23 of 132, added on February 4th, 2005 at 6:54 AM.

My co-worker told me that she read this poem to her children who are now
grown and loved to to watch her daugher's eye widen at "And the gobblins a
Gitcha if you don't watch out"! I'm happy that I found this and am able to
print it out for her. I'm sure it will bring back many happy memories.

Pat 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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