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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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50930 Love is Enough Comments and analysis of Love is Enough by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 9 Comments
10657 Going Away Comments and analysis of Going Away by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 225 Comments
7609 Momus, God Of Laughter
7205 Ambition's Trail
6330 Communism Comments and analysis of Communism by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
5999 Does It Pay? Comments and analysis of Does It Pay? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
5757 Life's Scars Comments and analysis of Life's Scars by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
5463 Mother's Loss Comments and analysis of Mother's Loss by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
5412 Poverty And Wealth
5333 Advice
4992 Progress Comments and analysis of Progress by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
4881 Friendship After Love Comments and analysis of Friendship After Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
4725 Smiles Comments and analysis of Smiles by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
4675 Impatience
4416 Father
4049 As You Go Through Life
4011 A Song Of Life
3912 Fame
3774 Are you Loving Enough? Comments and analysis of Are you Loving Enough? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 17 Comments
3648 A Golden Day
3584 A Fallen Leaf
3558 One Of Us Two Comments and analysis of One Of Us Two by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3551 Delilah Comments and analysis of Delilah by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3480 Love's Coming
3470 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
3455 Sorry
3370 Last Love
3315 Love Much Comments and analysis of Love Much by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3199 Arise
3169 A Maiden's Secret
3157 In The Garden
3141 All That Love Asks
3110 Bird Of Hope
3043 Art And Love
3002 Reunited Comments and analysis of Reunited by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2986 Love Comments and analysis of Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2912 A March Snow Comments and analysis of A March Snow by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
2908 Moon And Sea
2864 At an Old Drawer
2827 Over the Banisters Comments and analysis of Over the Banisters by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
2784 A Woman's Love
2780 I Will Be Worthy Of It
2699 A Lovers' Quarrel
2678 Life Is A Privilege Comments and analysis of Life Is A Privilege by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2663 Attraction
2661 Searching
2655 Contentment
2608 My Ships Comments and analysis of My Ships by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2589 A Leaf
2589 My Home
2563 Ad Finum Comments and analysis of Ad Finum by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
2519 Preaching Vs Practice Comments and analysis of Preaching Vs Practice by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2498 Inspiration
2492 Morning Prayer
2432 Answered Prayers
2422 If
2418 Fleeing Away
2415 Old Times
2398 A Holiday
2371 A Maiden To Her Mirror
2338 Resolve Comments and analysis of Resolve by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2316 Listen!
2281 Sestina
2253 My Vision Comments and analysis of My Vision by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2224 Joy
2209 Love's Language
2204 Settle The Question Right Comments and analysis of Settle The Question Right by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2200 Desolation Comments and analysis of Desolation by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2199 An Empty Crib
2180 Sing To Me Comments and analysis of Sing To Me by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2176 Love Thyself Last
2166 Custer Comments and analysis of Custer by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 9 Comments
2163 River And Sea
2159 An Inspiration
2080 I Am
2078 After the Engagement
2068 Thanksgiving
2044 An Answer
2038 A Marine Etching Comments and analysis of A Marine Etching by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 5 Comments
2038 Sorrow's Uses Comments and analysis of Sorrow's Uses by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2031 A yacht from its harbour ropes pulled free,
2020 Carlos
2011 Artist's Life
2003 Begin The Day
1995 A Suggestion Comments and analysis of A Suggestion by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1962 A trusting little leaf of green,
1949 Love's Supremacy Comments and analysis of Love's Supremacy by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 7 Comments
1932 Song Of The Spirit
1894 Answered
1875 Only Dreams
1857 Not Quite The Same
1856 Love Song
1825 Be Not Weary
1819 In Faith
1817 An Old Man To His Sleeping Young Bride
1802 Life
1800 Christmas Fancies
1785 By-And-Bye Comments and analysis of By-And-Bye by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1768 Earthly Pride
1768 Presumption
1762 Realisation
1757 It All Will Come Out Right
1747 At The Hop
1741 Lost
1720 Foes
1717 Limitless
1707 I Told You
1678 Kingdom of Love
1678 Our Blessings
1656 Refuted
1635 Christ Crucified
1620 Independence Ode
1608 Beyond
1595 Smoke
1589 My Comrade
1559 Coleur de Rose
1557 Leudeman's-on-the-River Comments and analysis of Leudeman's-on-the-River by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1541 In the Long Run
1538 Idler's Song
1520 Contrasts
1519 Completion
1498 At The Window
1483 Philosophy Comments and analysis of Philosophy by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1481 So Long In Coming
1474 A Waltz-Quadrille
1474 Denied
1430 Recompense
1394 Love Will Wane
1393 Only A Slight Flirtation
1383 Bohemia
1381 Fading*
1380 A Waif
1363 Penalty
1358 Lay It Away
1340 Introductory Verses
1330 Preparation
1328 Beppo
1298 Perished
1296 Guerdon Comments and analysis of Guerdon by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1296 Old And New
1266 Daft
1258 New And Old
1249 Pardoned Out
1225 High Noon
1180 Lines from Comments and analysis of Lines from by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 5 Comments
1131 Over The Alley
863 Platonic Comments and analysis of Platonic by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
755 Possession Comments and analysis of Possession by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 28 Comments
525 Individuality
520 A Grey Mood Comments and analysis of A Grey Mood by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 8 Comments
504 Noblesse Oblige Comments and analysis of Noblesse Oblige by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
417 A Baby In The House
346 Change
297 Little Queen
242 Angel Or Demon Comments and analysis of Angel Or Demon by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 25 Comments
232 At Bay
227 Music In The Flat
156 "It Might Have Been"
105 Life's Harmonies
91 Go Plant a Tree
84 Finis
6 I Love You
4 Conversion
3 Fading
3 Here And Now


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