James Whitcomb Riley

American poet from Indianapolis

James Whitcomb Riley (Greenfield, Indiana, October 7, 1849 - July 22, 1916) was an American writer and poet. Known as the "Hoosier Poet" and the "Children's Poets," he started his career in 1875 writing newspaper verse in Indiana dialect for the Indianapolis Journal.

Quotes edit

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919) edit

Quotes reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • The ripest peach is highest on the tree.
    • The Ripest Peach.
  • O’er folded blooms
    On swirls of musk,
    The beetle booms adown the glooms
    And bumps along the dusk.
    • The Beetle.
  • One naked star has waded through
    The purple shadows of the night,
    And faltering as falls the dew
    It drips its misty light.
    • The Beetle.
  • An’ the Gobble-uns ’ll git you
    Ef you don’t watch out.
    • Little Orphant Annie.

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