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Analysis and comments on Little Orphant Annie by James Whitcomb Riley

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Comment 29 of 149, 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 149, 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 149, 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 149, 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 149, 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

c. brown from United States
Comment 24 of 149, 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 149, 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 149, 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 149, 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 149, 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

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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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