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Analysis and comments on Little Orphant Annie by James Whitcomb Riley

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Comment 34 of 164, 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 164, 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 164, 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 164, 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
Comment 30 of 164, added on August 30th, 2005 at 11:45 AM.

I was born in 1940, and my older sister used to read this to me at bedtime.
Oh, how I loved to hear it again and again! Recently I tried to read it
to my grandkids, and they immediately got frightened and started to cry. I
stopped the reading, being sorely disappointed in my own blood kin! What
wimps! I wonder if the computer knowledge they have is a suitable
replacement for such rich stories!? Oh, sigh. Now I just read it to
myself, aloud, every now and again. I love it as much now as I did then.

Carolyn Morton from United States
Comment 29 of 164, 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 164, 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 164, 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 164, 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 164, 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

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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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