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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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53922 Love is Enough Comments and analysis of Love is Enough by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 23 Comments
10993 Going Away Comments and analysis of Going Away by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 227 Comments
8391 Momus, God Of Laughter
7463 Ambition's Trail
6629 Communism Comments and analysis of Communism by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
6256 Does It Pay? Comments and analysis of Does It Pay? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
5896 Poverty And Wealth
5731 Mother's Loss Comments and analysis of Mother's Loss by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
5626 Advice
5437 Progress Comments and analysis of Progress by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
5247 Impatience
5141 Friendship After Love Comments and analysis of Friendship After Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
4996 Smiles Comments and analysis of Smiles by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
4758 Father
4493 As You Go Through Life
4316 A Song Of Life
4110 Fame
4083 Are you Loving Enough? Comments and analysis of Are you Loving Enough? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 18 Comments
3921 A Golden Day
3870 A Fallen Leaf
3813 One Of Us Two Comments and analysis of One Of Us Two by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3786 Delilah Comments and analysis of Delilah by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3786 Sorry
3737 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
3732 Love's Coming
3603 Love Much Comments and analysis of Love Much by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3486 All That Love Asks
3457 Arise
3403 Bird Of Hope
3357 A Maiden's Secret
3265 Art And Love
3213 Love Comments and analysis of Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3213 Moon And Sea
3198 Reunited Comments and analysis of Reunited by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3132 A March Snow Comments and analysis of A March Snow by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
3091 At an Old Drawer
3061 Over the Banisters Comments and analysis of Over the Banisters by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
3038 Life Is A Privilege Comments and analysis of Life Is A Privilege by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3008 A Woman's Love
2952 Ad Finum Comments and analysis of Ad Finum by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
2908 A Lovers' Quarrel
2891 Contentment
2890 Searching
2862 My Ships Comments and analysis of My Ships by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2830 My Home
2823 Attraction
2793 A Leaf
2755 Inspiration
2736 Preaching Vs Practice Comments and analysis of Preaching Vs Practice by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2727 Fleeing Away
2703 Old Times
2689 Morning Prayer
2649 Answered Prayers
2618 If
2615 A Maiden To Her Mirror
2596 A Holiday
2573 Resolve Comments and analysis of Resolve by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2515 Listen!
2506 Love's Language
2478 My Vision Comments and analysis of My Vision by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2464 Settle The Question Right Comments and analysis of Settle The Question Right by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2444 Sing To Me Comments and analysis of Sing To Me by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2439 Desolation Comments and analysis of Desolation by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2433 Joy
2405 Custer Comments and analysis of Custer by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 10 Comments
2396 An Empty Crib
2386 An Inspiration
2381 Love Thyself Last
2335 I Am
2317 A yacht from its harbour ropes pulled free,
2286 Carlos
2268 An Answer
2258 After the Engagement
2257 Thanksgiving
2231 Artist's Life
2224 Begin The Day
2224 Sorrow's Uses Comments and analysis of Sorrow's Uses by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2218 A Suggestion Comments and analysis of A Suggestion by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2176 Love's Supremacy Comments and analysis of Love's Supremacy by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 11 Comments
2136 Answered
2097 Song Of The Spirit
2086 Only Dreams
2059 In Faith
2049 Love Song
2037 Be Not Weary
2033 Not Quite The Same
2010 I Told You
2000 An Old Man To His Sleeping Young Bride
1999 Christmas Fancies
1989 By-And-Bye Comments and analysis of By-And-Bye by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1985 Presumption
1982 Foes
1967 Realisation
1965 Life
1964 At The Hop
1938 Earthly Pride
1919 Coleur de Rose
1913 Limitless
1883 Independence Ode
1877 Lost
1868 Refuted
1849 Kingdom of Love
1847 Our Blessings
1803 Smoke
1788 Contrasts
1775 My Comrade
1770 Beyond
1747 Leudeman's-on-the-River Comments and analysis of Leudeman's-on-the-River by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1736 Completion
1732 At The Window
1715 Only A Slight Flirtation
1706 In the Long Run
1705 Idler's Song
1689 Denied
1679 A Waltz-Quadrille
1666 Recompense
1664 Philosophy Comments and analysis of Philosophy by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1663 So Long In Coming
1624 Love Will Wane
1601 Bohemia
1570 A Waif
1567 Lay It Away
1551 Penalty
1541 Fading*
1496 Preparation
1495 Beppo
1485 Guerdon Comments and analysis of Guerdon by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1469 Perished
1468 Daft
1460 Old And New
1438 Pardoned Out
1429 New And Old
1380 High Noon
1373 Lines from Comments and analysis of Lines from by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 8 Comments
1349 Platonic Comments and analysis of Platonic by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
1327 Over The Alley
1027 Possession Comments and analysis of Possession by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 29 Comments
836 Angel Or Demon Comments and analysis of Angel Or Demon by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 28 Comments
836 Noblesse Oblige Comments and analysis of Noblesse Oblige by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
698 Individuality
645 A Baby In The House
556 Change
502 Little Queen
435 Music In The Flat
404 At Bay
387 "It Might Have Been"
379 I Love You
362 Life's Harmonies
299 Sestina
296 A Grey Mood Comments and analysis of A Grey Mood by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 8 Comments
272 Go Plant a Tree
257 In The Garden
245 Christ Crucified
222 A Marine Etching Comments and analysis of A Marine Etching by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 7 Comments
219 Here And Now
215 Fading
171 Conversion
165 A trusting little leaf of green,
152 Introductory Verses
122 I Will Be Worthy Of It
117 Last Love
116 It All Will Come Out Right
111 River And Sea
109 Life's Scars Comments and analysis of Life's Scars by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
37 Finis


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