James Whitcomb Riley is by far one of my favorite poets of all time. I love his imagery, his imagination, his rhyme and rhythm. And most of all I love his sense of 'simple' and his connection to the nature in all of us. He cleverly plays with that which is real, unlike Lewis Carroll who cleverly plays with that which is not.
James Whitcomb Riley has been my favorite poet since I was a child of two when my older sister would read to me from our book of children's poems. There were several poets represented in the book, but Mr. Riley's are the poems that touched my heart the most and have remained there for more than 50 years. They are poems that can touch the hearts are everyone, no matter their gender, age, or intelect. They are profoundly deep and rich in everything that honestly matters and yet they are expressed without the complexity of hidden messages found in other poetry.