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Analysis and comments on Little Orphant Annie by James Whitcomb Riley

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Comment 37 of 167, 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 167, 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 167, 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 167, 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 167, 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 167, 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 167, 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 167, 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 167, 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 167, 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

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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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