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Analysis and comments on Little Orphant Annie by James Whitcomb Riley

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Comment 40 of 170, added on December 4th, 2005 at 8:19 PM.

My sisiter and I used to pour over a child's book of poetry when we were
little. I loved this poem so much I chose it to recite in elementary
school. Almost 40 years later, my son is being asked to do the same thing.
He now recites the poem to me. I just smile ear to ear as I hear it. What a
wonderful legacy.

Lisa Tobuas from United States
Comment 39 of 170, added on November 21st, 2005 at 7:28 AM.

In the third grade, I memorized Little Orphan Annie for a recitation
contest..and won! It was my first big achievement! From then on,in my
enthusiasm, I recited it at even a hint that someone wanted to hear it! I
only quit when my teacher - having learned of my dramatic outbursts -
suggested that I memorize another for the next contest!

Patty Willett from United States
Comment 38 of 170, added on October 31st, 2005 at 8:18 AM.

I grew up in Indiana. My grandparents, aunt, and uncle were all very
familiar with Riley, the "Hoosier Poet," and "Little Orphant Annie" was one
of my favorite requests when relatives read to me during visits. This poem
still evokes cozy memories of sitting in a grown-up's lap, in my
grandfather's leather reading chair. When I was 10, my family moved to a
small town in North Carolina.The South in those days was a different world
from where I had lived in Indiana. I was thrilled with a fifth grade
poetry memory assignment--my teacher had us all learn Riley's poem. The
rural accent that is the "voice" of the poem was far easier to pronounce
naturally once I listened to the accents of my fellow students. I have
recited the pome fer many childern over the yeers, and 'ey all seem as
capturt by it as I wunst wuz.

Anne from United States
Comment 37 of 170, added on October 27th, 2005 at 3:29 PM.

This poem evokes such rich memories of my elementary school years and the
teachers that introduced james whitcomb riley to us. This selection was
always read for halloween along with "when the frost is on the punkin".
Thank God for the teachers at #87 in Indianapolis, IN, USA

Jeanette Larkins from United States
Comment 36 of 170, added on October 22nd, 2005 at 7:17 AM.

I'm sure there has been at least one poetry contest where contestants were
challenged to compose their own verse(s) to Little Orphant Annie. I read
this to my 6th grade class and remembered a few lines from it. Now my
granddaughters love to hear me recite it as a bedtime story (it's really
easy to memorize) and I'm sure they will pass it on to their children.

Steve Coerper from United States
Comment 35 of 170, added on October 21st, 2005 at 2:46 PM.

My mother entertained us with this poem. I read it to my children and
their neighborhood friends. Today I searched it out to read to my college
freshman English class -- and to my grandchildren -- it will be their
Halloween gift this year!

Kay Fryar
Comment 34 of 170, added on October 5th, 2005 at 11:09 AM.

I remember my teachers reading this poem to us back in grade school. I saw
something the other day that said "the goblins will get you if you don't
watch out" and I thought about the poem from my grade school days (I am 48)
and got on line and searched for it.....and found it...I have printed off a
copy for me to have to read to my grandkids.

Janet McDonald from United States
Comment 33 of 170, added on September 29th, 2005 at 5:58 PM.

I was born in 1935 and as early as I can remember, my Mother frequently
recited Little Orphant Annie to me. It wasn't until I was an adult that I
tried to find out where it came from. I am delighted to have a copy. The
next poem about the little boy who never said his prayers, I memorized when
I was four and my parents would have me recite it to all who came to our
house. Wonderful memories. I shall now pass these poems on to my

Jane Nelson from United States
Comment 32 of 170, 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 170, 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

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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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