The Hoosier Poet

Rest in peace, James Whitcomb Riley.

Gravely Speaking

On top of the highest hill in Indianapolis, in the Crown Hill Cemetery, towers the classical monument dedicated to honor, James Whitcomb Riley, known at the “Hoosier Poet” and the “Children’s Poet.”  Riley (October 7, 1849 – July 22, 1916) was the most popular poet of the late 19th Century and early 20th Century made famous for writing poems that appealed to children, such as “Little Orpahnt Annie” and “The Raggedy Man.”  Most of his rhymes and poems were written in dialet, and are considered sentimental.
The plaque at the monument reads, “The “Hoosier Poet” was buried here in 1917.  Known and acclaimed internationally for his poetry about life in the heartland.  He is best remembered today for his poems that appeal to children and the child in all of us, such as “Little Orphant Annie” and the “The Raggedy Man”.  He was especially loved by the many local children who…

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