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The Raggedy Man Analysis

Author: Poetry of James Whitcomb Riley Type: Poetry Views: 275

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1O the Raggedy Man! He works fer Pa;

2An' he's the goodest man ever you saw!

3He comes to our house every day,

4An' waters the horses, an' feeds 'em hay;

5An' he opens the shed -- an' we all ist laugh

6When he drives out our little old wobble-ly calf;

7An' nen -- ef our hired girl says he can --

8He milks the cow fer 'Lizabuth Ann. --

9Ain't he a' awful good Raggedy Man?

10Raggedy! Raggedy! Raggedy Man!

11W'y, The Raggedy Man -- he's ist so good,

12He splits the kindlin' an' chops the wood;

13An' nen he spades in our garden, too,

14An' does most things 'at boys can't do. --

15He clumbed clean up in our big tree

16An' shooked a' apple down fer me --

17An' 'nother 'n', too, fer 'Lizabuth Ann --

18An' 'nother 'n', too, fer The Raggedy Man. --

19Ain't he a' awful kind Raggedy Man?

20Raggedy! Raggedy! Raggedy Man!

21An' The Raggedy Man one time say he

22Pick' roast' rambos from a' orchurd-tree,

23An' et 'em -- all ist roast' an' hot! --

24An' it's so, too! -- 'cause a corn-crib got

25Afire one time an' all burn' down

26On "The Smoot Farm," 'bout four mile from town --

27On "The Smoot Farm"! Yes -- an' the hired han'

28'At worked there nen 'uz The Raggedy Man! --

29Ain't he the beatin'est Raggedy Man?

30Raggedy! Raggedy! Raggedy Man!

31The Raggedy Man's so good an' kind

32He'll be our "horsey," an' "haw" an' mind

33Ever'thing 'at you make him do --

34An' won't run off -- 'less you want him to!

35I drived him wunst way down our lane

36An' he got skeered, when it 'menced to rain,

37An' ist rared up an' squealed and run

38Purt' nigh away! -- an' it's all in fun!

39Nen he skeered ag'in at a' old tin can ...

40Whoa! y' old runaway Raggedy Man!

41Raggedy! Raggedy! Raggedy Man!

42An' The Raggedy Man, he knows most rhymes,

43An' tells 'em, ef I be good, sometimes:

44Knows 'bout Giunts, an' Griffuns, an' Elves,

45An' the Squidgicum-Squees 'at swallers the'rselves:

46An', wite by the pump in our pasture-lot,

47He showed me the hole 'at the Wunks is got,

48'At lives 'way deep in the ground, an' can

49Turn into me, er 'Lizabuth Ann!

50Er Ma, er Pa, er The Raggedy Man!

51Ain't he a funny old Raggedy Man?

52Raggedy! Raggedy! Raggedy Man!

53An' wunst, when The Raggedy Man come late,

54An' pigs ist root' thue the garden-gate,

55He 'tend like the pigs 'uz bears an' said,

56"Old Bear-shooter'll shoot 'em dead!"

57An' race' an' chase' 'em, an' they'd ist run

58When he pint his hoe at 'em like it's a gun

59An' go "Bang! -- Bang!" nen 'tend he stan'

60An' load up his gun ag'in! Raggedy Man!

61He's an old Bear-shooter Raggedy Man!

62Raggedy! Raggedy! Raggedy Man!

63An' sometimes The Raggedy Man lets on

64We're little prince-children, an' old King's gone

65To git more money, an' lef' us there --

66And Robbers is ist thick ever'where;

67An' nen -- ef we all won't cry, fer shore --

68The Raggedy Man he'll come and "'splore

69The Castul-halls," an' steal the "gold" --

70An' steal us, too, an' grab an' hold

71An' pack us off to his old "Cave"! -- An'

72Haymow's the "cave" o' The Raggedy Man! --

73Raggedy! Raggedy! Raggedy Man!

74The Raggedy Man -- one time, when he

75Wuz makin' a little bow-'n'-orry fer me,

76Says "When you're big like your Pa is,

77Air you go' to keep a fine store like his --

78An' be a rich merchunt -- an' wear fine clothes? --

79Er what air you go' to be, goodness knows?"

80An' nen he laughed at 'Lizabuth Ann,

81An' I says "'M go' to be a Raggedy Man! --

82I'm ist go' to be a nice Raggedy Man!"

83Raggedy! Raggedy! Raggedy Man!


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