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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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54728 Love is Enough Comments and analysis of Love is Enough by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 29 Comments
11166 Going Away Comments and analysis of Going Away by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 229 Comments
8618 Momus, God Of Laughter
7580 Ambition's Trail
6716 Communism Comments and analysis of Communism by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
6001 Poverty And Wealth
5819 Mother's Loss Comments and analysis of Mother's Loss by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
5704 Advice
5560 Progress Comments and analysis of Progress by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
5378 Impatience
5233 Friendship After Love Comments and analysis of Friendship After Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
5069 Smiles Comments and analysis of Smiles by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
4838 Father
4564 As You Go Through Life
4375 A Song Of Life
4319 A Holiday
4181 Fame
4157 Are you Loving Enough? Comments and analysis of Are you Loving Enough? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 19 Comments
4003 A Golden Day
3949 A Fallen Leaf
3885 One Of Us Two Comments and analysis of One Of Us Two by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3873 Sorry
3850 Delilah Comments and analysis of Delilah by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3825 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
3819 Love's Coming
3684 Love Much Comments and analysis of Love Much by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3593 All That Love Asks
3537 Arise
3415 A Maiden's Secret
3339 Art And Love
3298 Moon And Sea
3289 Love Comments and analysis of Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3272 Reunited Comments and analysis of Reunited by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3214 A March Snow Comments and analysis of A March Snow by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
3152 At an Old Drawer
3141 Over the Banisters Comments and analysis of Over the Banisters by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
3133 Life Is A Privilege Comments and analysis of Life Is A Privilege by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3081 A Woman's Love
3069 Ad Finum Comments and analysis of Ad Finum by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
2985 Contentment
2985 Searching
2982 A Lovers' Quarrel
2934 Be Not Weary
2927 My Ships Comments and analysis of My Ships by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2900 My Home
2878 Attraction
2871 A Leaf
2850 Inspiration
2807 Fleeing Away
2786 Preaching Vs Practice Comments and analysis of Preaching Vs Practice by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2753 Old Times
2745 Morning Prayer
2733 Answered Prayers
2690 A Maiden To Her Mirror
2682 If
2634 Resolve Comments and analysis of Resolve by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2585 Listen!
2584 Love's Language
2551 Settle The Question Right Comments and analysis of Settle The Question Right by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2540 My Vision Comments and analysis of My Vision by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2535 Sing To Me Comments and analysis of Sing To Me by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2502 Desolation Comments and analysis of Desolation by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2500 Joy
2491 Custer Comments and analysis of Custer by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 11 Comments
2468 An Empty Crib
2464 An Inspiration
2453 Love Thyself Last
2418 I Am
2367 A yacht from its harbour ropes pulled free,
2361 Carlos
2332 An Answer
2318 Thanksgiving
2315 Artist's Life
2309 After the Engagement
2295 Begin The Day
2291 Sorrow's Uses Comments and analysis of Sorrow's Uses by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2286 Preparation
2285 A Suggestion Comments and analysis of A Suggestion by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2245 Love's Supremacy Comments and analysis of Love's Supremacy by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 11 Comments
2156 Song Of The Spirit
2152 Only Dreams
2133 In Faith
2104 Love Song
2096 I Told You
2088 Not Quite The Same
2079 Christmas Fancies
2068 An Old Man To His Sleeping Young Bride
2058 Foes
2053 By-And-Bye Comments and analysis of By-And-Bye by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2052 Presumption
2044 Realisation
2023 Life
2020 At The Hop
2011 Earthly Pride
1998 Coleur de Rose
1964 Limitless
1930 Lost
1930 Refuted
1911 Kingdom of Love
1909 Our Blessings
1857 Contrasts
1855 Smoke
1847 Beyond
1829 My Comrade
1804 Leudeman's-on-the-River Comments and analysis of Leudeman's-on-the-River by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1800 Completion
1793 At The Window
1784 In the Long Run
1778 Only A Slight Flirtation
1763 Idler's Song
1755 Denied
1744 A Waltz-Quadrille
1728 So Long In Coming
1718 Philosophy Comments and analysis of Philosophy by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1709 Recompense
1698 Love Will Wane
1651 Bohemia
1645 A Waif
1626 Lay It Away
1612 Penalty
1606 Fading*
1562 Guerdon Comments and analysis of Guerdon by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1558 Beppo
1531 Daft
1525 Old And New
1508 Pardoned Out
1494 Lines from Comments and analysis of Lines from by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 8 Comments
1491 New And Old
1446 Platonic Comments and analysis of Platonic by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
1432 High Noon
1385 Over The Alley
1107 Possession Comments and analysis of Possession by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 29 Comments
964 Angel Or Demon Comments and analysis of Angel Or Demon by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 28 Comments
903 Noblesse Oblige Comments and analysis of Noblesse Oblige by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
757 Individuality
718 A Baby In The House
628 Change
570 Little Queen
504 I Love You
494 Music In The Flat
463 At Bay
458 "It Might Have Been"
415 Life's Harmonies
380 Sestina
354 In The Garden
334 Go Plant a Tree
332 A Marine Etching Comments and analysis of A Marine Etching by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 7 Comments
306 Christ Crucified
277 Fading
275 Here And Now
258 Conversion
239 A trusting little leaf of green,
204 Introductory Verses
189 Last Love
186 I Will Be Worthy Of It
186 Life's Scars Comments and analysis of Life's Scars by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
178 River And Sea
173 It All Will Come Out Right
114 Finis
86 Bird Of Hope
44 Does It Pay? Comments and analysis of Does It Pay? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
42 Answered
39 A Grey Mood Comments and analysis of A Grey Mood by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 8 Comments
24 Independence Ode
3 Perished


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