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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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49202 Love is Enough Comments and analysis of Love is Enough by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 8 Comments
10487 Going Away Comments and analysis of Going Away by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 222 Comments
7202 Momus, God Of Laughter
7051 Ambition's Trail
6187 Communism Comments and analysis of Communism by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
5841 Does It Pay? Comments and analysis of Does It Pay? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
5571 Life's Scars Comments and analysis of Life's Scars by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
5331 Mother's Loss Comments and analysis of Mother's Loss by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
5206 Advice
5080 Poverty And Wealth
4762 Progress Comments and analysis of Progress by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
4716 Friendship After Love Comments and analysis of Friendship After Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
4527 I Love You
4525 Smiles Comments and analysis of Smiles by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
4260 Father
4043 Impatience
3851 Fame
3795 A Song Of Life
3704 As You Go Through Life
3608 Are you Loving Enough? Comments and analysis of Are you Loving Enough? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 16 Comments
3545 "It Might Have Been"
3489 A Golden Day
3443 Delilah Comments and analysis of Delilah by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3437 A Fallen Leaf
3419 One Of Us Two Comments and analysis of One Of Us Two by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3357 Love's Coming
3314 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
3264 Last Love
3262 Sorry
3084 Arise
3070 A Maiden's Secret
3043 In The Garden
3034 Love Much Comments and analysis of Love Much by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2981 All That Love Asks
2960 Bird Of Hope
2930 Art And Love
2917 Reunited Comments and analysis of Reunited by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2893 Love Comments and analysis of Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2766 Moon And Sea
2762 At an Old Drawer
2744 A March Snow Comments and analysis of A March Snow by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
2693 A Woman's Love
2687 Over the Banisters Comments and analysis of Over the Banisters by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
2634 I Will Be Worthy Of It
2589 Attraction
2568 A Lovers' Quarrel
2557 Searching
2553 Contentment
2507 A Leaf
2494 Life Is A Privilege Comments and analysis of Life Is A Privilege by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2448 My Home
2435 My Ships Comments and analysis of My Ships by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2428 Preaching Vs Practice Comments and analysis of Preaching Vs Practice by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2399 Go Plant a Tree
2391 Morning Prayer
2385 Inspiration
2374 Ad Finum Comments and analysis of Ad Finum by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
2327 If
2320 Answered Prayers
2296 Old Times
2289 A Holiday
2288 Fleeing Away
2238 Resolve Comments and analysis of Resolve by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2232 A Maiden To Her Mirror
2154 Joy
2142 Listen!
2135 My Vision Comments and analysis of My Vision by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2129 Sestina
2096 Desolation Comments and analysis of Desolation by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2088 An Empty Crib
2082 Settle The Question Right Comments and analysis of Settle The Question Right by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2077 Love Thyself Last
2066 An Inspiration
2063 River And Sea
2061 Sing To Me Comments and analysis of Sing To Me by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2055 Love's Language
2026 Custer Comments and analysis of Custer by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 7 Comments
1978 After the Engagement
1974 Thanksgiving
1969 Finis
1941 An Answer
1924 A Marine Etching Comments and analysis of A Marine Etching by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 5 Comments
1894 A Suggestion Comments and analysis of A Suggestion by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1894 I Am
1892 Sorrow's Uses Comments and analysis of Sorrow's Uses by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1888 Begin The Day
1871 Artist's Life
1867 Fading
1866 Song Of The Spirit
1861 A yacht from its harbour ropes pulled free,
1859 A trusting little leaf of green,
1859 Carlos
1848 Love's Supremacy Comments and analysis of Love's Supremacy by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 7 Comments
1769 Answered
1753 Only Dreams
1750 Love Song
1736 In Faith
1725 An Old Man To His Sleeping Young Bride
1716 Life
1703 By-And-Bye Comments and analysis of By-And-Bye by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1696 Not Quite The Same
1695 Earthly Pride
1693 Christmas Fancies
1683 Lost
1682 Be Not Weary
1679 It All Will Come Out Right
1657 At The Hop
1657 Presumption
1653 Realisation
1604 Foes
1602 Limitless
1592 Here And Now
1589 I Told You
1584 Our Blessings
1575 Refuted
1574 Kingdom of Love
1552 Christ Crucified
1550 Independence Ode
1503 My Comrade
1497 Beyond
1474 Smoke
1463 Leudeman's-on-the-River Comments and analysis of Leudeman's-on-the-River by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1460 In the Long Run
1441 Idler's Song
1417 Life's Harmonies
1415 So Long In Coming
1411 Completion
1389 Philosophy Comments and analysis of Philosophy by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1379 Coleur de Rose
1378 Denied
1377 Conversion
1375 A Waltz-Quadrille
1347 Recompense
1342 Contrasts
1329 Love Will Wane
1324 Only A Slight Flirtation
1310 A Waif
1304 At The Window
1286 Penalty
1285 Fading*
1283 Bohemia
1260 Beppo
1253 Introductory Verses
1253 Preparation
1239 Lay It Away
1236 Perished
1228 Guerdon Comments and analysis of Guerdon by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1216 Old And New
1182 Daft
1182 New And Old
1154 Pardoned Out
1146 High Noon
1097 Lines from Comments and analysis of Lines from by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 5 Comments
1069 Over The Alley
641 Possession Comments and analysis of Possession by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 28 Comments
600 Platonic Comments and analysis of Platonic by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
409 Individuality
348 A Grey Mood Comments and analysis of A Grey Mood by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 7 Comments
312 Noblesse Oblige Comments and analysis of Noblesse Oblige by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
296 A Baby In The House
237 Change
210 Little Queen
167 Music In The Flat
162 At Bay
44 Angel Or Demon Comments and analysis of Angel Or Demon by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 24 Comments


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