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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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50721 Love is Enough Comments and analysis of Love is Enough by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 9 Comments
10637 Going Away Comments and analysis of Going Away by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 223 Comments
7545 Momus, God Of Laughter
7180 Ambition's Trail
6313 Communism Comments and analysis of Communism by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
5984 Does It Pay? Comments and analysis of Does It Pay? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
5725 Life's Scars Comments and analysis of Life's Scars by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
5441 Mother's Loss Comments and analysis of Mother's Loss by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
5357 Poverty And Wealth
5318 Advice
4957 Progress Comments and analysis of Progress by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
4861 Friendship After Love Comments and analysis of Friendship After Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
4687 Smiles Comments and analysis of Smiles by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
4665 I Love You
4637 Impatience
4392 Father
3976 A Song Of Life
3976 As You Go Through Life
3906 Fame
3763 Are you Loving Enough? Comments and analysis of Are you Loving Enough? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 16 Comments
3632 A Golden Day
3557 A Fallen Leaf
3540 One Of Us Two Comments and analysis of One Of Us Two by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3537 Delilah Comments and analysis of Delilah by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3462 Love's Coming
3446 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
3419 Sorry
3352 Last Love
3298 Love Much Comments and analysis of Love Much by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3183 Arise
3156 A Maiden's Secret
3144 In The Garden
3120 All That Love Asks
3088 Bird Of Hope
3024 Art And Love
2990 Reunited Comments and analysis of Reunited by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2975 Love Comments and analysis of Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2900 A March Snow Comments and analysis of A March Snow by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
2891 Moon And Sea
2846 At an Old Drawer
2812 Over the Banisters Comments and analysis of Over the Banisters by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
2770 A Woman's Love
2763 I Will Be Worthy Of It
2680 A Lovers' Quarrel
2654 Attraction
2651 Life Is A Privilege Comments and analysis of Life Is A Privilege by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2640 Searching
2637 Contentment
2575 A Leaf
2572 My Ships Comments and analysis of My Ships by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2571 My Home
2535 Ad Finum Comments and analysis of Ad Finum by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
2499 Preaching Vs Practice Comments and analysis of Preaching Vs Practice by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2483 Inspiration
2469 Morning Prayer
2424 Answered Prayers
2413 If
2400 Fleeing Away
2392 Old Times
2376 A Holiday
2359 A Maiden To Her Mirror
2326 Resolve Comments and analysis of Resolve by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2273 Listen!
2258 Sestina
2229 My Vision Comments and analysis of My Vision by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2217 Joy
2194 Love's Language
2188 An Empty Crib
2187 Desolation Comments and analysis of Desolation by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2178 Settle The Question Right Comments and analysis of Settle The Question Right by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2165 Sing To Me Comments and analysis of Sing To Me by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2164 Love Thyself Last
2151 An Inspiration
2151 River And Sea
2133 Custer Comments and analysis of Custer by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 8 Comments
2057 After the Engagement
2054 Thanksgiving
2054 I Am
2026 An Answer
2023 A Marine Etching Comments and analysis of A Marine Etching by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 5 Comments
2019 Sorrow's Uses Comments and analysis of Sorrow's Uses by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2016 A yacht from its harbour ropes pulled free,
1994 Carlos
1985 Begin The Day
1984 Artist's Life
1977 A Suggestion Comments and analysis of A Suggestion by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1948 A trusting little leaf of green,
1943 Fading
1936 Love's Supremacy Comments and analysis of Love's Supremacy by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 7 Comments
1922 Song Of The Spirit
1870 Answered
1857 Only Dreams
1838 Love Song
1835 Not Quite The Same
1809 In Faith
1802 Be Not Weary
1798 An Old Man To His Sleeping Young Bride
1792 Life
1786 Christmas Fancies
1770 By-And-Bye Comments and analysis of By-And-Bye by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1750 Earthly Pride
1750 Presumption
1749 It All Will Come Out Right
1740 Realisation
1735 At The Hop
1731 Lost
1702 Foes
1697 I Told You
1695 Limitless
1680 Here And Now
1664 Our Blessings
1659 Kingdom of Love
1646 Refuted
1618 Christ Crucified
1604 Independence Ode
1598 Beyond
1582 My Comrade
1576 Smoke
1548 Coleur de Rose
1546 Leudeman's-on-the-River Comments and analysis of Leudeman's-on-the-River by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1531 In the Long Run
1524 Idler's Song
1507 Completion
1506 Contrasts
1482 At The Window
1474 So Long In Coming
1469 Philosophy Comments and analysis of Philosophy by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1461 A Waltz-Quadrille
1459 Denied
1435 Conversion
1414 Recompense
1385 Only A Slight Flirtation
1384 Love Will Wane
1370 A Waif
1369 Bohemia
1364 Fading*
1346 Lay It Away
1344 Penalty
1334 Introductory Verses
1318 Beppo
1316 Preparation
1290 Perished
1289 Old And New
1284 Guerdon Comments and analysis of Guerdon by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1249 New And Old
1248 Daft
1228 Pardoned Out
1212 High Noon
1168 Lines from Comments and analysis of Lines from by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 5 Comments
1114 Over The Alley
827 Platonic Comments and analysis of Platonic by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
740 Possession Comments and analysis of Possession by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 28 Comments
515 Individuality
497 A Grey Mood Comments and analysis of A Grey Mood by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 8 Comments
474 Noblesse Oblige Comments and analysis of Noblesse Oblige by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
393 A Baby In The House
334 Change
289 Little Queen
219 Angel Or Demon Comments and analysis of Angel Or Demon by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 25 Comments
219 Music In The Flat
218 At Bay
143 "It Might Have Been"
90 Life's Harmonies
79 Go Plant a Tree
65 Finis


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