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Analysis and comments on Little Orphant Annie by James Whitcomb Riley

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Comment 66 of 176, added on January 8th, 2010 at 12:22 PM.
Little Orphant Annie

This poem is the nucleus of one of my favorite childhood memories. My
cousin and I were rocked in an old overstuffed chair by our grandmother
whose Osark dialect made JWR's written dialect of "Little Orphant Annie"
and "The Bear Story" an easy stretch. She encouraged our imaginations and
the cricket sounds in her fireplace became evidence of the "fireplace
fairies". When we kids made mud cakes and candies and slid them under the
gas logs in her fireplace, we were amazed to see them the next morning
transformed by the fairies into real sweet treats remarkably similar to our
creative intentions. Grannie was our "Annie".

Troy from United States
Comment 65 of 176, added on January 31st, 2009 at 5:04 PM.

Brings a smile to my face and tears to my eyes. My mother recited it to me
and in turn I recited it to my children and grandchildren, The
grandchildren had never heard the "country" pronunciation of a lot of the
words and they thought it was very amusing; they would giggle and laugh.
In turn, it added another demension to that wonderful poem. I hope it is
never lost!!!

Jackie Martin from United States
Comment 64 of 176, added on December 16th, 2008 at 3:42 PM.

My Dad used to read this to me. Probably why I read horror now. He read
it with such authority and conviction. We lived way out in the
country...lots of places for goblins in the dark. Yikes!

gina from United States
Comment 63 of 176, added on December 5th, 2008 at 6:38 PM.

This is just how my Mom tells is. I made a copy on film of my Mom telling
it so I would never forget it. I use to love it when she would tell it to
me but I confess it would still scare me. She has that sweet southern
Virginia accent and could just tell it the right way. I was so happy to
find it because she had started forgetting it and I didn't have my VCR
hooked up anymore.

Thanks so much. Brenda

Brenda from United States
Comment 62 of 176, added on November 1st, 2008 at 12:50 PM.

I, too, recall my mother reciting the poem around Halloween; she being
raised in the Nashville, Tenn. area spoke with a soft southern accent which
added to the beauty of the recited poem.
When our three children were in grade school, I made copies of it, passing
it out to different teachers, some of whom had read it and others delighted
to hear it...for their stutents to hear.
Now with six grandchildren of my own, I will happily share it with them,
hoping that it will continue to be pasted along.

june krejdovsky from United States
Comment 61 of 176, added on October 25th, 2008 at 12:50 AM.

THIS is one of my favorite poems for Halloween.

Kathy Willson from United States
Comment 60 of 176, added on May 20th, 2008 at 3:56 PM.

My mother used to recite this poem to me over 60 years ago, at bedtime and
to the accompaniment of a flickering coal oil lamp, and I thorougly enjoyed
it every time -- certainly no Hollywood movie could possibly be so
entertaining and so touching.

I cherish every time that I have read it over the years, and I must confess
that whenever I read it and come to the last stanza, I cannot keep from
crying ... is it remembrance of the first times I heard it with Mother's
voice, or might it be simply the inherent beauty of the poem itself?

Thank you for this site and for Little Orphant Annie.

Robert Stevens from United States
Comment 59 of 176, 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 176, 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 176, 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

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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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