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Analysis and comments on Little Orphant Annie by James Whitcomb Riley

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Comment 25 of 135, 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 135, 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 135, 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
Comment 22 of 135, added on February 3rd, 2005 at 9:11 PM.

My mother knew this poem by heart and would always recite it, with the
utmost feeling and expression, to all the young children any time we had a
campfire to sit around. I managed to get a video tape recording of her
reciting it at a family reunion before she passed away.

Keith from United States
Comment 21 of 135, added on February 1st, 2005 at 9:36 PM.

My grandmother resited this to me as a child. since I'm closed to sixty,
and she's gone, I had always wished I could find it. A friend suggested I
check the internet. Wow, was I surprised! Diane

Diane from United States
Comment 20 of 135, added on February 1st, 2005 at 3:53 PM.

Some of my fondest childhood memories are of my grandmother reciting this
and other JWR poems to me. She's been gone for a number of years now, but
whenever I read this poem I can't help but think of her and smile.

Roma Cravens from United States
Comment 19 of 135, added on January 29th, 2005 at 11:09 PM.

I am nearing 85. When our three children were 5 to 10, Little Annie Rooney
was an oft repeated request at our bedtime reading period. The ritual was
for them to hang,quietly,on every syllable until I would growl, "an' the
goblins will git you if you don't watch out!" and up qould go a syncronized
scream.


R.Willard from United States
Comment 18 of 135, added on January 29th, 2005 at 9:25 PM.

Having been born in James Whitcomb Riley's hometown, we always had his
poems read and recited to us in school. Every year in October on his
birthday, the school children from all of the elementray schools would hold
a parade of flowers and place them on his statue which is located at the
front of Hancock County Courthouse. If you wish to get a copy of his book
of poems, write to the Riley Home in Greenfield, IN. 46140,

Catherine Hilt Ray from United States
Comment 17 of 135, added on January 14th, 2005 at 7:51 PM.

I have loved this poem for so long, ever since I was a liitle girl in first
grade. Our teacher, Miss Nunley, would read a story to us every day.
After she read Little Orphan Annie that was the story we begged for every
day there after. She read it so much that surely she must have read the
words off of the pages themself. Years later I found a book with the poem
in it at a yard sale and purchased it right up. I promptly read it to my
children and any child that would listen over and over again. I haven't
seen the book in ages and have often wondered where it got off to. Truth
be known, I think the goblins snatched it away so I wouldn't be able to
warn other little boys and girls about what might lie ahead if they miss
behaved. Thank you Miss Nunley and thank You Mr. Riley for such a memory
as this.

Darla from United States
Comment 16 of 135, added on January 11th, 2005 at 10:27 PM.

I have a Daughter55,son 52, and another daughter 49. When they were very
young I used to read this poem, and others to them every evening before bed
time. "annie" was their favorite, Buds' Fairy tale 2nd, and the Bear Story
3rd. To this day, they can all still recite, from Memory, "little Orphant
Annie. James Whitcolmb Riley was a very respected and loved Poet from
Indiana.

Kenneth M. Hunt 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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