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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
56450 Love is Enough Comments and analysis of Love is Enough by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 34 Comments
11615 Going Away Comments and analysis of Going Away by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 230 Comments
9289 Momus, God Of Laughter
7775 Ambition's Trail
7000 Communism Comments and analysis of Communism by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
6246 Poverty And Wealth
6045 Mother's Loss Comments and analysis of Mother's Loss by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
5869 Progress Comments and analysis of Progress by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
5699 Friendship After Love Comments and analysis of Friendship After Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
5670 Impatience
5292 Smiles Comments and analysis of Smiles by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
5125 Father
4755 As You Go Through Life
4569 A Holiday
4538 A Song Of Life
4375 Are you Loving Enough? Comments and analysis of Are you Loving Enough? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 19 Comments
4320 Fame
4242 A Golden Day
4105 A Fallen Leaf
4066 One Of Us Two Comments and analysis of One Of Us Two by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
4065 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
4048 Love's Coming
4010 Delilah Comments and analysis of Delilah by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3721 Arise
3561 Moon And Sea
3559 A Maiden's Secret
3535 Ad Finum Comments and analysis of Ad Finum by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 4 Comments
3516 Art And Love
3469 Love Comments and analysis of Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3464 At an Old Drawer Comments and analysis of At an Old Drawer by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 8 Comments
3448 A March Snow Comments and analysis of A March Snow by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
3417 Reunited Comments and analysis of Reunited by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3403 Life Is A Privilege Comments and analysis of Life Is A Privilege by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3379 Over the Banisters Comments and analysis of Over the Banisters by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
3332 A Leaf
3238 A Woman's Love
3235 Be Not Weary
3207 Contentment Comments and analysis of Contentment by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3191 Searching
3188 A Lovers' Quarrel
3078 My Ships Comments and analysis of My Ships by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3069 My Home
3049 Inspiration
3046 Fleeing Away
3028 Resolve Comments and analysis of Resolve by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3006 Old Times
2937 Answered Prayers
2912 Morning Prayer
2880 A Maiden To Her Mirror
2862 If
2794 Listen!
2788 Love's Language
2776 Artist's Life
2761 Custer Comments and analysis of Custer by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 11 Comments
2750 Settle The Question Right Comments and analysis of Settle The Question Right by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2729 Sing To Me Comments and analysis of Sing To Me by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2723 A Suggestion Comments and analysis of A Suggestion by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2708 My Vision Comments and analysis of My Vision by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2699 Joy
2682 Desolation Comments and analysis of Desolation by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2649 An Empty Crib
2639 Love Thyself Last
2626 An Inspiration
2606 Thanksgiving
2582 A yacht from its harbour ropes pulled free,
2561 An Answer
2560 Carlos
2504 Preparation
2493 Begin The Day
2468 Sorrow's Uses Comments and analysis of Sorrow's Uses by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2460 After the Engagement
2363 Foes
2352 Song Of The Spirit
2312 Only Dreams
2295 I Told You
2286 Love Song
2278 By-And-Bye Comments and analysis of By-And-Bye by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2267 Not Quite The Same
2266 Christmas Fancies
2256 An Old Man To His Sleeping Young Bride
2251 Realisation
2221 Presumption
2209 Life
2199 At The Hop
2190 Earthly Pride Comments and analysis of Earthly Pride by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
2153 Beyond
2152 Denied
2118 Limitless
2087 My Comrade
2074 Refuted
2067 Our Blessings
2059 Lost
2058 In the Long Run
2054 Kingdom of Love
2006 Smoke
1990 Idler's Song
1985 At The Window
1972 A Waltz-Quadrille
1961 Completion
1955 Only A Slight Flirtation
1941 Leudeman's-on-the-River Comments and analysis of Leudeman's-on-the-River by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1878 Philosophy Comments and analysis of Philosophy by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1861 Daft
1853 So Long In Coming
1833 Recompense
1820 Love Will Wane
1810 A Waif
1787 Lay It Away
1763 Fading*
1751 Lines from Comments and analysis of Lines from by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 9 Comments
1742 Penalty
1721 Guerdon Comments and analysis of Guerdon by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1716 Platonic Comments and analysis of Platonic by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
1712 Beppo
1669 Old And New
1655 Pardoned Out
1618 New And Old
1572 Possession Comments and analysis of Possession by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 29 Comments
1560 High Noon
1549 Over The Alley
1211 Angel Or Demon Comments and analysis of Angel Or Demon by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 29 Comments
1097 Noblesse Oblige Comments and analysis of Noblesse Oblige by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
891 Individuality
808 Change
732 Bird Of Hope
717 At Bay
639 Music In The Flat
597 River And Sea
593 Sestina
592 "It Might Have Been"
568 Life's Harmonies
560 In The Garden
551 Christ Crucified
538 Life's Scars Comments and analysis of Life's Scars by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
520 A Marine Etching Comments and analysis of A Marine Etching by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 8 Comments
508 Go Plant a Tree
501 Love's Supremacy Comments and analysis of Love's Supremacy by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 12 Comments
455 Fading
435 A Grey Mood Comments and analysis of A Grey Mood by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 8 Comments
429 Here And Now
418 A trusting little leaf of green,
402 Conversion
398 Introductory Verses
390 Bohemia
378 I Will Be Worthy Of It
378 Last Love
365 In Faith
326 It All Will Come Out Right
323 Attraction
296 Does It Pay? Comments and analysis of Does It Pay? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
293 Finis
279 Independence Ode
231 Coleur de Rose
216 Love Much Comments and analysis of Love Much by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
211 I Love You
166 Advice
145 A Baby In The House
124 Perished
120 Little Queen
114 Preaching Vs Practice Comments and analysis of Preaching Vs Practice by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
100 Contrasts
90 I Am
86 Answered
71 Sorry
46 All That Love Asks


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