The Old Tramp

James Whitcomb Riley 1849 (Greenfield) – 1916 (Indianapolis)



A Old Tramp slep' in our stable wunst,
An' The Raggedy Man he caught
An' roust him up, an' chased him off
Clean out through our back lot!

An' th' Old Tramp hollered back an' said,--
'You're a _purty_ man!--_You_ air!--
With a pair o' eyes like two fried eggs,
An' a nose like a Bartlutt pear!'

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme AAXA ABXB
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 294
Words 63
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 4, 4

James Whitcomb Riley

James Whitcomb Riley was an American writer, poet, and best-selling author. During his lifetime he was known as the "Hoosier Poet" and "Children's Poet" for his dialect works and his children's poetry respectively. more…

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