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Biography of Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850 - 1919)

Ella Wheeler Wilcox (November 5, 1850–October 30, 1919) was an American author and poet. Her best-known work was Poems of Passion, and her autobiography, The Worlds and I was published in 1918 shortly before her death.

A popular rather than a literary poet, her poems express sentiments of cheer and optimism in plainly written, rhyming verse. Her world view is expressed in the title of her poem "Whatever Is—Is Best" (suggesting an echo of Pope's "Whatever is, is right."). None of her work was included by F. O. Matthiesen in The Oxford Book of American Verse, but Hazel Felleman chose no less than thirteen of her poems for Best Loved Poems of the American People, while Martin Gardner selected "Solitude" and "The Winds of Fate" for Best Remembered Poems.

She is frequently cited in parody collections (Pegasus Descending, others). Sinclair Lewis indicates Babbitt's lack of literary sophistication by having refer to a piece of verse as "one of the classic poems, like 'If' by Kipling, or Ella Wheeler Wilcox's 'The Man Worth While'".


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165 Poems written by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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PoemComments
A Baby In The House
A Fallen Leaf
A Golden Day
A Grey Mood Comments and analysis of A Grey Mood by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 6 Comments
A Holiday
A Leaf
A Lovers' Quarrel
A Maiden To Her Mirror
A Maiden's Secret
A March Snow Comments and analysis of A March Snow by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
A Marine Etching Comments and analysis of A Marine Etching by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 5 Comments
A Song Of Life
A Suggestion Comments and analysis of A Suggestion by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
A trusting little leaf of green,
A Waif
A Waltz-Quadrille
A Woman's Love
A yacht from its harbour ropes pulled free,
Ad Finum Comments and analysis of Ad Finum by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
Advice
After the Engagement
All Roads That Lead To God Are Good Comments and analysis of All Roads That Lead To God Are Good by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
All That Love Asks
Ambition's Trail
An Answer
An Empty Crib
An Inspiration
An Old Man To His Sleeping Young Bride
Angel Or Demon Comments and analysis of Angel Or Demon by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 24 Comments
Answered
Answered Prayers
Are you Loving Enough? Comments and analysis of Are you Loving Enough? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 16 Comments
Arise
Art And Love
Artist's Life
As You Go Through Life
At an Old Drawer
At Bay
At The Hop
At The Window
Attraction
Be Not Weary
Begin The Day
Beppo
Beyond
Bird Of Hope
Bohemia
By-And-Bye Comments and analysis of By-And-Bye by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
Carlos
Change
Christ Crucified
Christmas Fancies
Coleur de Rose
Communism Comments and analysis of Communism by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
Completion
Contentment
Contrasts
Conversion
Custer Comments and analysis of Custer by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 7 Comments
Daft
Delilah Comments and analysis of Delilah by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
Denied
Desolation Comments and analysis of Desolation by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
Does It Pay? Comments and analysis of Does It Pay? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
Earthly Pride
Fading
Fading*
Fame
Father
Finis
Fleeing Away
Foes
Friendship After Love Comments and analysis of Friendship After Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
Go Plant a Tree
Going Away Comments and analysis of Going Away by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 221 Comments
Guerdon Comments and analysis of Guerdon by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
Here And Now
High Noon
I Am
I Love You
I Told You
I Will Be Worthy Of It
Idler's Song
If
Impatience
In Faith
In The Garden
In the Long Run
Independence Ode
Individuality
Inspiration
Introductory Verses
It All Will Come Out Right
Joy
Kingdom of Love
Last Love
Lay It Away
Leudeman's-on-the-River Comments and analysis of Leudeman's-on-the-River by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
Life
Life Is A Privilege Comments and analysis of Life Is A Privilege by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
Life's Harmonies
Life's Scars Comments and analysis of Life's Scars by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
Limitless
Lines from Comments and analysis of Lines from by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 5 Comments
Listen!
Little Queen
Lost
Love Comments and analysis of Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
Love is Enough Comments and analysis of Love is Enough by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 8 Comments
Love Much Comments and analysis of Love Much by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
Love Song
Love Thyself Last
Love Will Wane
Love's Coming
Love's Language
Love's Supremacy Comments and analysis of Love's Supremacy by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 7 Comments
Momus, God Of Laughter
Moon And Sea
Morning Prayer
Mother's Loss Comments and analysis of Mother's Loss by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
Music In The Flat
My Comrade
My Home
My Ships Comments and analysis of My Ships by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
My Vision Comments and analysis of My Vision by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
New And Old
Noblesse Oblige Comments and analysis of Noblesse Oblige by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
Not Quite The Same
Old And New
Old Times
One Of Us Two Comments and analysis of One Of Us Two by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
Only A Slight Flirtation
Only Dreams
Our Blessings
Over The Alley
Over the Banisters Comments and analysis of Over the Banisters by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
Pardoned Out
Penalty
Perished
Philosophy Comments and analysis of Philosophy by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
Platonic Comments and analysis of Platonic by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
Possession Comments and analysis of Possession by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 28 Comments
Poverty And Wealth
Preaching Vs Practice Comments and analysis of Preaching Vs Practice by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
Preparation
Presumption
Progress Comments and analysis of Progress by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
Realisation
Recompense
Refuted
Resolve Comments and analysis of Resolve by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
Reunited Comments and analysis of Reunited by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
River And Sea
Searching
Sestina
Settle The Question Right Comments and analysis of Settle The Question Right by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
Sing To Me Comments and analysis of Sing To Me by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
Smiles Comments and analysis of Smiles by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
Smoke
So Long In Coming
Song Of The Spirit
Sorrow's Uses Comments and analysis of Sorrow's Uses by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
Sorry
Thanksgiving
"It Might Have Been"


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