Armazindy

James Whitcomb Riley poems book published in the 1894 book Armazindy and received very negative reviews that referred to poems like "The Little Dog-Woggy" and "Jargon-Jingle" as "drivel" and to Riley as a "worn out genius". Most of his growing number of critics suggested that he ignored the quality of the poems for the sake of making money.

Genre: Poetry
Year:
1894
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TO HENRY EITEL CONTENTS PAGE ARMAZINDY ARMAZINDY 3 THE OLD TRUNDLE-BED 15 NATURAL PERVERSITIES 17 THE OLD SCHOOL-CHUM 20 WRITIN’ BACK TO THE HOME-FOLKS 22 THE BLIND GIRL 25 WE DEFER THINGS 28 THE MUSKINGUM VALLEY 29 FOR THIS CHRISTMAS 31 A POOR MAN’S WEALTH 32 THE LITTLE RED RIBBON 34 “HOW DID YOU REST, LAST NIGHT?” 35 A GOOD-BYE 37 WHEN MAIMIE MARRIED 38 “THIS DEAR CHILD-HEARTED WOMAN THAT IS DEAD” 40 TO A POET-CRITIC 41 AN OLD-TIMER 42 THE SILENT VICTORS 44 UP AND DOWN OLD BRANDYWINE 51 THREE SINGING FRIENDS 56 A NOON LULL 59 A WINDY DAY 60 MY HENRY 62 THE SONG I NEVER SING 64 TO EDGAR WILSON NYE 67 LITTLE DAVID 68 OUT OF THE HITHERWHERE 69 RABBIT IN THE CROSS-TIES 71 SERENADE—TO NORA 72 THE LITTLE WHITE HEARSE 74 WHAT REDRESS 76 DREAMER, SAY 77 WHEN LIDE MARRIED HIM 79 MY BRIDE THAT IS TO BE 81 “RINGWORM FRANK” 85 AN EMPTY GLOVE 87 OUR OWN 89 MAKE-BELIEVE AND CHILD-PLAY The Frog 93 “TWIGGS AND TUDENS” 95 DOLORES 113 WHEN I DO MOCK 114 MY MARY 115 Eros 118 ORLIE WILDE 119 LEONAINIE 128 TO A JILTED SWAIN 130 THE VOICES 131 A Barefoot Boy 134 THE YOUTHFUL PATRIOT 135 PONCHUS PILUT 136 A TWINTORETTE 139 SLUMBER-SONG 140 THE CIRCUS PARADE 141 FOLKS AT LONESOMEVILLE 143 THE THREE JOLLY HUNTERS 144 THE LITTLE DOG-WOGGY 146 CHARMS 148 A FEW OF THE BIRD-FAMILY 150 THROUGH SLEEPY-LAND 151 THE TRESTLE AND THE BUCK-SAW 153 THE KING OF OO-RINKTUM-JING 154 THE TOY PENNY-DOG 156 JARGON-JINGLE 157 THE GREAT EXPLORER 158 THE SCHOOL-BOY’S FAVORITE 159 ALBUMANIA 162 THE LITTLE MOCK-MAN 165 SUMMER-TIME AND WINTER-TIME 168 HOME-MADE RIDDLES 169 THE LOVELY CHILD 171 THE YELLOWBIRD 172 ENVOY 173 ARMAZINDY ARMAZINDY Armazindy;—fambily name Ballenger,—you’ll find the same, As her Daddy answered it, In the old War-rickords yit,— And, like him, she’s airnt the good Will o’ all the neighborhood.— Name ain’t down in History,— But, i jucks! it ort to be! Folks is got respec’ fer herArmazindy Ballenger!— ’Specially the ones ’at knows Fac’s o’ how her story goes From the start:—Her father blowed Up—eternally furloughed— When the old “Sultana” bu’st, And sich men wuz needed wusst.— Armazindy, ’bout fourteen- Year-old then—and thin and lean As a killdee,—but—my la!Blamedest nerve you ever saw! The girl’s mother’d allus be’n Sickly—wuz consumpted when Word came ’bout her husband.—So Folks perdicted she’d soon go— (Kind o’ grief I understand, Losin’ my companion,—and Still a widower—and still Hinted at, like neighbers will!) So, app’inted, as folks said, Ballenger a-bein’ dead, Widder, ’peared-like, gradjully, Jes grieved after him tel she Died, nex’ Aprile wuz a year,— And in Armazindy’s keer Leavin’ the two twins, as well As her pore old miz’able Old-maid aunty ’at had be’n Struck with palsy, and wuz then Jes a he’pless charge on herArmazindy Ballenger. Jevver watch a primrose ’bout Minute ’fore it blossoms out— Kindo’ loosen-like, and blow Up its muscles, don’t you know, And, all suddent, bu’st and bloom Out life-size?—Well, I persume ’At’s the only measure I Kin size Armazindy by!— Jes a child, one minute,—nex’, Woman-grown, in all respec’s And intents and purposuz— ’At’s what Armazindy wuz! Jes a child, I tell ye! Yit
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James Whitcomb Riley

James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916) was an American poet, born in Greenfield, Indiana. At the age of 16 he left school and joined a group of itinerant sign painters. Subsequently he acted in a patent-medicine show and worked for a newspaper. From 1877 to 1885 he was a regular contributor of verse to the Indianapolis Journal under the pen name of Benj. F. Johnson, of Boone. Some of the poems were collected in The Old Swimmin' Hole and 'Leven More Poems (1883), a volume that achieved great popularity. His best-known poems include Little Orphant Annie, The Raggedy Man, and When the Frost Is on the Punkin. Riley's popularity derived mainly from his quaint use of Hoosier dialect, his cheerful and whimsical sense of humor, and his intimate understanding of life in the rural Midwest. His other works include Rhymes of Childhood (1890) and Poems Here at Home (1893). more…

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