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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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53601 Love is Enough Comments and analysis of Love is Enough by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 21 Comments
10923 Going Away Comments and analysis of Going Away by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 227 Comments
8291 Momus, God Of Laughter
7411 Ambition's Trail
6586 Communism Comments and analysis of Communism by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
6196 Does It Pay? Comments and analysis of Does It Pay? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
5831 Poverty And Wealth
5685 Mother's Loss Comments and analysis of Mother's Loss by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
5573 Advice
5374 Progress Comments and analysis of Progress by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
5181 Impatience
5094 Friendship After Love Comments and analysis of Friendship After Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
4944 Smiles Comments and analysis of Smiles by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
4712 Father
4430 As You Go Through Life
4282 A Song Of Life
4066 Fame
4045 Are you Loving Enough? Comments and analysis of Are you Loving Enough? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 18 Comments
3878 A Golden Day
3822 A Fallen Leaf
3772 One Of Us Two Comments and analysis of One Of Us Two by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3742 Sorry
3739 Delilah Comments and analysis of Delilah by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3694 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
3680 Love's Coming
3562 Love Much Comments and analysis of Love Much by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3438 All That Love Asks
3423 Arise
3336 Bird Of Hope
3313 A Maiden's Secret
3231 Art And Love
3165 Moon And Sea
3160 Reunited Comments and analysis of Reunited by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3159 Love Comments and analysis of Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3089 A March Snow Comments and analysis of A March Snow by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
3054 At an Old Drawer
3009 Over the Banisters Comments and analysis of Over the Banisters by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
2994 Life Is A Privilege Comments and analysis of Life Is A Privilege by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2978 A Woman's Love
2887 Ad Finum Comments and analysis of Ad Finum by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
2870 A Lovers' Quarrel
2856 Searching
2841 Contentment
2817 My Ships Comments and analysis of My Ships by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2791 Attraction
2777 My Home
2757 A Leaf
2721 Inspiration
2686 Preaching Vs Practice Comments and analysis of Preaching Vs Practice by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2665 Fleeing Away
2658 Old Times
2656 Morning Prayer
2610 Answered Prayers
2577 If
2573 A Maiden To Her Mirror
2553 A Holiday
2526 Resolve Comments and analysis of Resolve by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2489 Listen!
2456 Love's Language
2449 My Vision Comments and analysis of My Vision by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2428 Settle The Question Right Comments and analysis of Settle The Question Right by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2393 Joy
2390 Desolation Comments and analysis of Desolation by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2388 Sing To Me Comments and analysis of Sing To Me by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2362 Custer Comments and analysis of Custer by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 10 Comments
2351 An Empty Crib
2348 Love Thyself Last
2334 An Inspiration
2287 I Am
2275 A yacht from its harbour ropes pulled free,
2254 Carlos
2239 An Answer
2232 After the Engagement
2219 Thanksgiving
2187 A Suggestion Comments and analysis of A Suggestion by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2186 Artist's Life
2183 Sorrow's Uses Comments and analysis of Sorrow's Uses by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2182 Begin The Day
2137 Love's Supremacy Comments and analysis of Love's Supremacy by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 11 Comments
2088 Answered
2052 Song Of The Spirit
2039 Only Dreams
2017 In Faith
2016 Love Song
2009 Not Quite The Same
2001 Be Not Weary
1968 An Old Man To His Sleeping Young Bride
1963 I Told You
1959 Christmas Fancies
1954 By-And-Bye Comments and analysis of By-And-Bye by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1951 Presumption
1945 Foes
1943 Life
1927 Realisation
1920 At The Hop
1914 Earthly Pride
1879 Coleur de Rose
1872 Limitless
1852 Lost
1829 Refuted
1827 Kingdom of Love
1801 Our Blessings
1779 Independence Ode
1758 Smoke
1744 Contrasts
1740 My Comrade
1732 Beyond
1711 Leudeman's-on-the-River Comments and analysis of Leudeman's-on-the-River by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1705 Completion
1679 Idler's Song
1676 At The Window
1670 In the Long Run
1668 Only A Slight Flirtation
1639 A Waltz-Quadrille
1638 Denied
1631 Recompense
1621 Philosophy Comments and analysis of Philosophy by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1621 So Long In Coming
1599 Love Will Wane
1561 Bohemia
1522 Lay It Away
1519 A Waif
1512 Penalty
1509 Fading*
1464 Preparation
1450 Beppo
1444 Guerdon Comments and analysis of Guerdon by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1441 Perished
1424 Daft
1416 Old And New
1406 Pardoned Out
1399 New And Old
1346 High Noon
1330 Lines from Comments and analysis of Lines from by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 8 Comments
1295 Over The Alley
1275 Platonic Comments and analysis of Platonic by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
965 Possession Comments and analysis of Possession by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 29 Comments
791 Noblesse Oblige Comments and analysis of Noblesse Oblige by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
778 Angel Or Demon Comments and analysis of Angel Or Demon by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 28 Comments
662 Individuality
604 A Baby In The House
506 Change
466 Little Queen
406 Music In The Flat
363 At Bay
338 "It Might Have Been"
312 Life's Harmonies
296 I Love You
249 Sestina
246 Go Plant a Tree
241 A Grey Mood Comments and analysis of A Grey Mood by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 8 Comments
200 In The Garden
192 Christ Crucified
178 A Marine Etching Comments and analysis of A Marine Etching by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 7 Comments
177 Here And Now
171 Fading
127 A trusting little leaf of green,
125 Conversion
118 Introductory Verses
77 Last Love
77 River And Sea
73 Life's Scars Comments and analysis of Life's Scars by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
72 I Will Be Worthy Of It
69 It All Will Come Out Right
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