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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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54945 Love is Enough Comments and analysis of Love is Enough by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 32 Comments
11247 Going Away Comments and analysis of Going Away by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 229 Comments
8691 Momus, God Of Laughter
7594 Ambition's Trail
6750 Communism Comments and analysis of Communism by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
6035 Poverty And Wealth
5851 Mother's Loss Comments and analysis of Mother's Loss by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
5728 Advice
5597 Progress Comments and analysis of Progress by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
5407 Impatience
5266 Friendship After Love Comments and analysis of Friendship After Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
5099 Smiles Comments and analysis of Smiles by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
4866 Father
4587 As You Go Through Life
4395 A Song Of Life
4347 A Holiday
4202 Fame
4188 Are you Loving Enough? Comments and analysis of Are you Loving Enough? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 19 Comments
4031 A Golden Day
3972 A Fallen Leaf
3914 One Of Us Two Comments and analysis of One Of Us Two by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3899 Sorry
3879 Delilah Comments and analysis of Delilah by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3854 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
3853 Love's Coming
3622 All That Love Asks
3561 Arise
3435 A Maiden's Secret
3362 Art And Love
3343 Moon And Sea
3312 Love Comments and analysis of Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3296 Reunited Comments and analysis of Reunited by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3238 A March Snow Comments and analysis of A March Snow by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
3174 At an Old Drawer Comments and analysis of At an Old Drawer by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3172 Over the Banisters Comments and analysis of Over the Banisters by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
3163 Life Is A Privilege Comments and analysis of Life Is A Privilege by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3114 Ad Finum Comments and analysis of Ad Finum by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
3106 A Woman's Love
3012 Searching
3011 A Lovers' Quarrel
3009 Contentment
2972 Be Not Weary
2945 My Ships Comments and analysis of My Ships by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2923 My Home
2904 A Leaf
2904 Attraction
2872 Inspiration
2840 Fleeing Away
2805 Preaching Vs Practice Comments and analysis of Preaching Vs Practice by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2773 Old Times
2770 Morning Prayer
2750 Answered Prayers
2714 A Maiden To Her Mirror
2710 If
2665 Resolve Comments and analysis of Resolve by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2621 Listen!
2605 Love's Language
2570 Sing To Me Comments and analysis of Sing To Me by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2569 Settle The Question Right Comments and analysis of Settle The Question Right by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2566 My Vision Comments and analysis of My Vision by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2528 Desolation Comments and analysis of Desolation by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2520 Joy
2516 Custer Comments and analysis of Custer by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 11 Comments
2492 An Empty Crib
2485 An Inspiration
2481 Love Thyself Last
2441 I Am
2394 A yacht from its harbour ropes pulled free,
2383 Thanksgiving
2379 Carlos
2351 An Answer
2345 Artist's Life
2334 After the Engagement
2317 Sorrow's Uses Comments and analysis of Sorrow's Uses by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2316 A Suggestion Comments and analysis of A Suggestion by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2312 Begin The Day
2312 Preparation
2286 Love's Supremacy Comments and analysis of Love's Supremacy by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 11 Comments
2177 Song Of The Spirit
2172 Only Dreams
2164 In Faith
2128 Love Song
2114 Not Quite The Same
2111 I Told You
2104 Christmas Fancies
2095 By-And-Bye Comments and analysis of By-And-Bye by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2090 An Old Man To His Sleeping Young Bride
2086 Foes
2075 Presumption
2060 Realisation
2046 Life
2043 At The Hop
2035 Earthly Pride
1984 Limitless
1950 Lost
1948 Refuted
1931 Kingdom of Love
1926 Our Blessings
1881 Smoke
1869 Beyond
1867 Contrasts
1847 My Comrade
1825 Leudeman's-on-the-River Comments and analysis of Leudeman's-on-the-River by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1818 Completion
1816 At The Window
1813 In the Long Run
1799 Only A Slight Flirtation
1789 Idler's Song
1785 Denied
1775 A Waltz-Quadrille
1747 So Long In Coming
1739 Philosophy Comments and analysis of Philosophy by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1727 Recompense
1714 Love Will Wane
1675 Bohemia
1673 A Waif
1651 Lay It Away
1622 Fading*
1620 Penalty
1584 Guerdon Comments and analysis of Guerdon by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1575 Beppo
1556 Daft
1547 Old And New
1539 Lines from Comments and analysis of Lines from by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 9 Comments
1532 Pardoned Out
1512 New And Old
1471 Platonic Comments and analysis of Platonic by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
1453 High Noon
1406 Over The Alley
1144 Possession Comments and analysis of Possession by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 29 Comments
998 Angel Or Demon Comments and analysis of Angel Or Demon by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 28 Comments
930 Noblesse Oblige Comments and analysis of Noblesse Oblige by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
781 Individuality
746 A Baby In The House
649 Change
597 Little Queen
537 I Love You
507 Music In The Flat
488 "It Might Have Been"
488 At Bay
440 Life's Harmonies
404 Sestina
375 In The Garden
363 A Marine Etching Comments and analysis of A Marine Etching by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 8 Comments
355 Go Plant a Tree
328 Christ Crucified
303 Fading
295 Here And Now
279 Conversion
264 A trusting little leaf of green,
232 Life's Scars Comments and analysis of Life's Scars by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
224 Introductory Verses
220 I Will Be Worthy Of It
213 Last Love
210 River And Sea
191 It All Will Come Out Right
141 Bird Of Hope
134 Finis
68 Does It Pay? Comments and analysis of Does It Pay? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
67 Answered
63 A Grey Mood Comments and analysis of A Grey Mood by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 8 Comments
47 Independence Ode
24 Perished
14 Coleur de Rose
10 Love Much Comments and analysis of Love Much by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment


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