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Analysis and comments on The Raggedy Man by James Whitcomb Riley

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Comment 24 of 24, added on November 4th, 2010 at 9:04 PM.

My Poetry book is tattered and falling apart....my absolute favorite..and
yet, there are lines that never appeared in my book, so after 40 years it
is now a little bit new. Nobody would ever read it better than my Mom....I
got her to read it to me a few years ago and it is still magic!!!!

Kerry from United States
Comment 23 of 24, added on April 26th, 2010 at 6:23 PM.
The Raggedy Man

I named my 22 year old daughter Elizabeth Ann because of this poem. My 5th
grade teacher read it to our class. Her name was Marian Clark and she
taught in Orlando, FL. I've always loved this poem because of her. She
was the best teacher I ever had.

Julie Claiborne Rutledge from United States
Comment 22 of 24, added on January 24th, 2010 at 3:31 AM.

I am 31 and my father read this numerous times to my brother and me during
our childhood. It came from a treasury of children's literature and was
slightly shorter, but with delightful illustrations of a dusty, raggedy man
with an ever-present smile. I always enjoyed hearing about the various
creatures and I conjured up images of hot, breezy summers and apple trees.
Yet it was not until more recent years that I understood the significance
of why the boy dreamed of growing up to be a raggedy man rather than a rich
merchant like his father. May we all have such an impact on a child's

Nova McClurg from United States
Comment 21 of 24, added on November 18th, 2009 at 7:46 PM.
The Raggedy Man

My aunt was also a school teacher and passed away last week at 93. She and
I used to read from this book every time I stayed with her. It was my
favorite book we read together. Several years ago, after even more years
of begging for it, she finally gave it to me, it is one of my dearest
treasures and one line from a poem brings the wonderful memories to life.
I love you Aunt Marian.

Tracy Edger from United States
Comment 20 of 24, added on July 7th, 2009 at 3:09 AM.

My grandmother was a teacher in a one room school and this poem was in the
literature book that she taught from. Mom read it to all of us girls, and
I've read it to my son and now my grandsons. It is a cherished memory that
I love being able to share.

sharon from United States
Comment 19 of 24, added on December 16th, 2008 at 10:03 PM.

I knew an old woman who used to recite this delightful poem by heart. I
loved the colorful colloquial language evoking an era that sadly has
vanished but for the glimpses into the past that we savor though this poem.

Bruce Johnson from United States
Comment 18 of 24, added on December 8th, 2008 at 7:56 AM.

I remember my mother lying next to me at naptime and reading a shorter
version of this poem to me even before I was in school. I always loved it
and wished I had my own "Raggedy Man!" At 50 years of age, I can still
recite parts of it just from hearing it so often as a child.

kay from United States
Comment 17 of 24, added on September 15th, 2008 at 6:07 AM.

I fondly remember this poem as one of my favorites from a book of poems by
James Whitcomb Riley. It was given to me by my dad's parents when I was in
no more than 3rd grade. I'm 39, younger than most of those who have
commented on their own age. I think my dad really disliked the spelling and
dialect and I'm surprised my grandmother picked it, but I remember her
reading this poem with great feeling and my reading the book cover to cover
several times.

Karen B from United States
Comment 16 of 24, added on July 5th, 2008 at 7:03 PM.

I'm 63 and I remember my dad reading this to me when I was a child. I
liked the part about the hole that the wunks has got. Great memories!

Andrea from United States
Comment 15 of 24, added on April 6th, 2008 at 4:15 PM.

My grandmother (1855-1949) read this over and over and over again to me,
when I was a preschooler in the 1930's. We lived on a farm with such good
hired help in the barn and gardens and apple orchard! That was the Great
Depression, when shoes sometimes didn't match, and work clothes did get
ragged. Tears are filling my eyes.

Mary DeWolf from United States

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Poet: James Whitcomb Riley
Poem: The Raggedy Man
Volume: Complete Works
Year: 1890
Added: Nov 11 2004
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Poem of the Day: Jul 18 2009

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