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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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54528 Love is Enough Comments and analysis of Love is Enough by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 27 Comments
11119 Going Away Comments and analysis of Going Away by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 227 Comments
8548 Momus, God Of Laughter
7562 Ambition's Trail
6699 Communism Comments and analysis of Communism by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
5980 Poverty And Wealth
5801 Mother's Loss Comments and analysis of Mother's Loss by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
5684 Advice
5534 Progress Comments and analysis of Progress by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
5353 Impatience
5212 Friendship After Love Comments and analysis of Friendship After Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
5049 Smiles Comments and analysis of Smiles by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
4821 Father
4552 As You Go Through Life
4363 A Song Of Life
4291 A Holiday
4167 Fame
4134 Are you Loving Enough? Comments and analysis of Are you Loving Enough? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 18 Comments
3987 A Golden Day
3933 A Fallen Leaf
3867 One Of Us Two Comments and analysis of One Of Us Two by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3858 Sorry
3833 Delilah Comments and analysis of Delilah by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3813 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
3807 Love's Coming
3662 Love Much Comments and analysis of Love Much by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3573 All That Love Asks
3516 Arise
3408 A Maiden's Secret
3323 Art And Love
3274 Moon And Sea
3273 Love Comments and analysis of Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3253 Reunited Comments and analysis of Reunited by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3192 A March Snow Comments and analysis of A March Snow by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
3138 At an Old Drawer
3123 Over the Banisters Comments and analysis of Over the Banisters by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
3113 Life Is A Privilege Comments and analysis of Life Is A Privilege by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3068 A Woman's Love
3039 Ad Finum Comments and analysis of Ad Finum by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
2963 A Lovers' Quarrel
2963 Searching
2955 Contentment
2918 My Ships Comments and analysis of My Ships by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2913 Be Not Weary
2886 My Home
2865 Attraction
2850 A Leaf
2832 Inspiration
2799 Fleeing Away
2774 Preaching Vs Practice Comments and analysis of Preaching Vs Practice by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2745 Old Times
2731 Morning Prayer
2718 Answered Prayers
2673 If
2672 A Maiden To Her Mirror
2618 Resolve Comments and analysis of Resolve by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2571 Listen!
2564 Love's Language
2530 My Vision Comments and analysis of My Vision by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2527 Settle The Question Right Comments and analysis of Settle The Question Right by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2522 Sing To Me Comments and analysis of Sing To Me by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2489 Desolation Comments and analysis of Desolation by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2484 Joy
2466 Custer Comments and analysis of Custer by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 10 Comments
2449 An Empty Crib
2441 An Inspiration
2433 Love Thyself Last
2397 I Am
2356 A yacht from its harbour ropes pulled free,
2341 Carlos
2320 An Answer
2305 Thanksgiving
2296 After the Engagement
2295 Artist's Life
2279 Begin The Day
2275 Sorrow's Uses Comments and analysis of Sorrow's Uses by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2269 A Suggestion Comments and analysis of A Suggestion by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2263 Preparation
2229 Love's Supremacy Comments and analysis of Love's Supremacy by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 11 Comments
2143 Song Of The Spirit
2139 Only Dreams
2113 In Faith
2088 Love Song
2076 Not Quite The Same
2071 I Told You
2063 Christmas Fancies
2050 An Old Man To His Sleeping Young Bride
2043 Foes
2037 Presumption
2036 Independence Ode
2035 By-And-Bye Comments and analysis of By-And-Bye by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2026 Realisation
2009 At The Hop
2009 Life
1988 Earthly Pride
1972 Coleur de Rose
1950 Limitless
1915 Lost
1913 Refuted
1897 Kingdom of Love
1890 Our Blessings
1840 Contrasts
1840 Smoke
1826 Beyond
1812 My Comrade
1797 Leudeman's-on-the-River Comments and analysis of Leudeman's-on-the-River by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1785 Completion
1777 At The Window
1768 In the Long Run
1761 Only A Slight Flirtation
1743 Idler's Song
1740 Denied
1731 A Waltz-Quadrille
1711 So Long In Coming
1710 Philosophy Comments and analysis of Philosophy by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1702 Recompense
1677 Love Will Wane
1641 Bohemia
1619 A Waif
1614 Lay It Away
1596 Penalty
1590 Fading*
1545 Beppo
1542 Guerdon Comments and analysis of Guerdon by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1513 Old And New
1507 Daft
1502 Perished
1492 Pardoned Out
1474 New And Old
1466 Lines from Comments and analysis of Lines from by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 8 Comments
1423 Platonic Comments and analysis of Platonic by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
1422 High Noon
1375 Over The Alley
1088 Possession Comments and analysis of Possession by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 29 Comments
938 Angel Or Demon Comments and analysis of Angel Or Demon by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 28 Comments
886 Noblesse Oblige Comments and analysis of Noblesse Oblige by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
744 Individuality
706 A Baby In The House
615 Change
550 Little Queen
481 Music In The Flat
477 I Love You
450 At Bay
447 "It Might Have Been"
397 Life's Harmonies
360 Sestina
335 In The Garden
323 Go Plant a Tree
305 A Marine Etching Comments and analysis of A Marine Etching by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 7 Comments
291 Christ Crucified
268 Fading
265 Here And Now
235 Conversion
220 A trusting little leaf of green,
189 Introductory Verses
170 I Will Be Worthy Of It
169 Last Love
165 Life's Scars Comments and analysis of Life's Scars by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
161 River And Sea
159 It All Will Come Out Right
95 Finis
43 Bird Of Hope
32 Does It Pay? Comments and analysis of Does It Pay? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
25 A Grey Mood Comments and analysis of A Grey Mood by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 8 Comments
24 Answered


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