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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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Page ViewsPoemComments
55678 Love is Enough Comments and analysis of Love is Enough by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 34 Comments
11473 Going Away Comments and analysis of Going Away by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 230 Comments
8975 Momus, God Of Laughter
7686 Ambition's Trail
6845 Communism Comments and analysis of Communism by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
6151 Poverty And Wealth
5940 Mother's Loss Comments and analysis of Mother's Loss by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
5747 Progress Comments and analysis of Progress by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
5518 Impatience
5460 Friendship After Love Comments and analysis of Friendship After Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
5202 Smiles Comments and analysis of Smiles by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
4993 Father
4659 As You Go Through Life
4457 A Song Of Life
4440 A Holiday
4271 Are you Loving Enough? Comments and analysis of Are you Loving Enough? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 19 Comments
4267 Fame
4130 A Golden Day
4044 A Fallen Leaf
4018 Sorry
3990 One Of Us Two Comments and analysis of One Of Us Two by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3953 Delilah Comments and analysis of Delilah by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3949 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
3941 Love's Coming
3805 All That Love Asks
3641 Arise
3485 A Maiden's Secret
3456 Moon And Sea
3443 Art And Love
3390 Love Comments and analysis of Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3363 At an Old Drawer Comments and analysis of At an Old Drawer by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 6 Comments
3362 Reunited Comments and analysis of Reunited by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3341 A March Snow Comments and analysis of A March Snow by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
3315 Ad Finum Comments and analysis of Ad Finum by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 4 Comments
3297 Life Is A Privilege Comments and analysis of Life Is A Privilege by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3277 Over the Banisters Comments and analysis of Over the Banisters by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
3176 A Woman's Love
3128 Contentment Comments and analysis of Contentment by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3116 A Leaf
3104 Searching
3090 A Lovers' Quarrel
3089 Be Not Weary
3016 My Ships Comments and analysis of My Ships by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2982 My Home
2970 Inspiration
2941 Fleeing Away
2886 Old Times
2847 Answered Prayers
2835 Resolve Comments and analysis of Resolve by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2815 Morning Prayer
2783 If
2781 A Maiden To Her Mirror
2727 Listen!
2687 Love's Language
2667 Settle The Question Right Comments and analysis of Settle The Question Right by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2652 Sing To Me Comments and analysis of Sing To Me by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2642 My Vision Comments and analysis of My Vision by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2640 Custer Comments and analysis of Custer by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 11 Comments
2600 Desolation Comments and analysis of Desolation by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2580 An Empty Crib
2574 Joy
2568 An Inspiration
2566 Love Thyself Last
2557 Artist's Life
2494 Thanksgiving
2485 A Suggestion Comments and analysis of A Suggestion by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2484 Carlos
2475 A yacht from its harbour ropes pulled free,
2464 An Answer
2404 Begin The Day
2401 After the Engagement
2398 Sorrow's Uses Comments and analysis of Sorrow's Uses by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2393 Preparation
2281 Song Of The Spirit
2256 Foes
2243 Only Dreams
2211 Love Song
2208 I Told You
2197 Not Quite The Same
2188 Christmas Fancies
2181 By-And-Bye Comments and analysis of By-And-Bye by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2172 An Old Man To His Sleeping Young Bride
2154 Realisation
2151 Presumption
2108 At The Hop
2104 Life
2101 Earthly Pride
2053 Limitless
2010 Refuted
2008 Lost
2006 Beyond
2000 Kingdom of Love
1990 Our Blessings
1970 In the Long Run
1957 Denied
1946 Smoke
1921 My Comrade
1910 Idler's Song
1895 At The Window
1893 Completion
1881 Only A Slight Flirtation
1879 A Waltz-Quadrille
1876 Leudeman's-on-the-River Comments and analysis of Leudeman's-on-the-River by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1802 Philosophy Comments and analysis of Philosophy by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1799 So Long In Coming
1777 Recompense
1764 Love Will Wane
1755 A Waif
1712 Lay It Away
1708 Daft
1695 Fading*
1672 Penalty
1669 Guerdon Comments and analysis of Guerdon by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1637 Beppo
1618 Lines from Comments and analysis of Lines from by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 9 Comments
1613 Old And New
1593 Platonic Comments and analysis of Platonic by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
1588 Pardoned Out
1571 New And Old
1513 High Noon
1481 Over The Alley
1376 Possession Comments and analysis of Possession by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 29 Comments
1101 Angel Or Demon Comments and analysis of Angel Or Demon by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 29 Comments
1027 Noblesse Oblige Comments and analysis of Noblesse Oblige by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
841 Individuality
721 Change
631 At Bay
562 Music In The Flat
542 "It Might Have Been"
516 Life's Harmonies
509 Sestina
468 In The Garden
436 Christ Crucified
432 Go Plant a Tree
427 A Marine Etching Comments and analysis of A Marine Etching by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 8 Comments
416 River And Sea
413 Bird Of Hope
394 Life's Scars Comments and analysis of Life's Scars by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
385 Fading
358 Here And Now
348 Conversion
341 A trusting little leaf of green,
309 I Will Be Worthy Of It
282 Last Love
269 Introductory Verses
263 It All Will Come Out Right
255 Love's Supremacy Comments and analysis of Love's Supremacy by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 12 Comments
254 Bohemia
230 A Grey Mood Comments and analysis of A Grey Mood by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 8 Comments
212 Finis
180 Does It Pay? Comments and analysis of Does It Pay? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
150 In Faith
147 Independence Ode
139 Answered
118 Coleur de Rose
116 Love Much Comments and analysis of Love Much by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
115 Attraction
108 I Love You
69 Perished
69 Preaching Vs Practice Comments and analysis of Preaching Vs Practice by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
65 Advice
53 Little Queen
19 I Am
15 Contrasts
7 A Baby In The House


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