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Analysis and comments on Little Orphant Annie by James Whitcomb Riley

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Comment 56 of 176, 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 176, 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 176, 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 176, 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 176, 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 176, 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 176, 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
Comment 49 of 176, added on February 5th, 2006 at 9:06 PM.

this poem is way to long and hard to memorize!

tayler from United States
Comment 48 of 176, added on January 21st, 2006 at 2:53 PM.

Just yesterday I was spending the last 15 minutes of the day in another
teacher's preschool class and as the kids were all sitting with their coats
and backpacks on, one said "Now Ms. S reads a story" and a number of kids
began to make suggestions. I said " How aobut if I tell you a story
instead....a scary story." They grew excited about the prospect, and I
recited from memory (from way way back when ) this poem. I finished up just
as Ms. S returned. The kids were so delighted. Meeting me on the stairs
later, many said "I liked that story, that was fun, the gobling will get
you....etc." What fun......

charlotte from United States
Comment 47 of 176, added on December 24th, 2005 at 11:51 PM.

I was so thrilled to find this poem. My grandmother would recite it to me
each night before going to bed. Precious memories ~ I recently found a copy
in an Antique store in Tennessee ~ copyright 1905. A real treasure!

Lark 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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