James Whitcomb Riley Poems

James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916) was an acclaimed American poet celebrated for his captivating portrayal of rural Midwest life. Known as the “Hoosier Poet,” Riley’s upbringing in Greenfield, Indiana, deeply influenced his works. He skillfully conveyed the joys and sorrows of everyday existence, blending humor and pathos to resonate with a broad audience.

Knee-Deep In June

by James Whitcomb Riley

‘Knee-Deep In June’ by James Whitcomb Riley is a pastoral poem advocating nature’s joys amid the luscious warmth of June as a must-do escape from the daily humdrum.

With its emphasis on nature and the simple nourishing joys it bestows on living creatures, 'Knee-Deep in June' by Riley is typical of his literary work. James Whitcomb Riley was an American poet who was known as the "Hoosier Poet" for his writings about Indiana and its inhabitants. He is well-known for painting rural Midwest life and the basic pleasures of existence.

Tell you what I like the best --

'Long about knee-deep in June,

'Bout the time strawberries melts

On the vine, -- some afternoon

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