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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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50278 Love is Enough Comments and analysis of Love is Enough by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 9 Comments
10594 Going Away Comments and analysis of Going Away by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 222 Comments
7439 Momus, God Of Laughter
7145 Ambition's Trail
6277 Communism Comments and analysis of Communism by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
5958 Does It Pay? Comments and analysis of Does It Pay? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
5681 Life's Scars Comments and analysis of Life's Scars by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
5409 Mother's Loss Comments and analysis of Mother's Loss by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
5287 Advice
5264 Poverty And Wealth
4897 Progress Comments and analysis of Progress by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
4814 Friendship After Love Comments and analysis of Friendship After Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
4648 Smiles Comments and analysis of Smiles by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
4624 I Love You
4577 Impatience
4347 Father
3941 A Song Of Life
3887 Fame
3878 As You Go Through Life
3724 Are you Loving Enough? Comments and analysis of Are you Loving Enough? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 16 Comments
3596 A Golden Day
3519 A Fallen Leaf
3511 Delilah Comments and analysis of Delilah by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3499 One Of Us Two Comments and analysis of One Of Us Two by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3436 Love's Coming
3407 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
3384 Sorry
3324 Last Love
3229 Love Much Comments and analysis of Love Much by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3160 Arise
3134 A Maiden's Secret
3120 In The Garden
3082 All That Love Asks
3051 Bird Of Hope
2998 Art And Love
2968 Reunited Comments and analysis of Reunited by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2950 Love Comments and analysis of Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2868 A March Snow Comments and analysis of A March Snow by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
2854 Moon And Sea
2820 At an Old Drawer
2783 Over the Banisters Comments and analysis of Over the Banisters by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
2750 A Woman's Love
2741 I Will Be Worthy Of It
2645 A Lovers' Quarrel
2632 Attraction
2615 Searching
2611 Contentment
2598 Life Is A Privilege Comments and analysis of Life Is A Privilege by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2554 A Leaf
2543 My Home
2529 My Ships Comments and analysis of My Ships by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2489 Ad Finum Comments and analysis of Ad Finum by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
2470 Preaching Vs Practice Comments and analysis of Preaching Vs Practice by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2457 Inspiration
2441 Morning Prayer
2393 Answered Prayers
2391 If
2373 Fleeing Away
2371 Old Times
2339 A Holiday
2333 A Maiden To Her Mirror
2297 Resolve Comments and analysis of Resolve by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2228 Listen!
2220 Sestina
2196 Joy
2196 My Vision Comments and analysis of My Vision by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2164 Desolation Comments and analysis of Desolation by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2161 An Empty Crib
2153 Love's Language
2142 Settle The Question Right Comments and analysis of Settle The Question Right by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2141 Love Thyself Last
2140 Sing To Me Comments and analysis of Sing To Me by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2133 River And Sea
2131 An Inspiration
2107 Custer Comments and analysis of Custer by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 8 Comments
2034 Thanksgiving
2027 After the Engagement
2003 A Marine Etching Comments and analysis of A Marine Etching by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 5 Comments
2002 I Am
2001 An Answer
1997 A yacht from its harbour ropes pulled free,
1991 Sorrow's Uses Comments and analysis of Sorrow's Uses by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1957 Begin The Day
1953 Artist's Life
1951 A Suggestion Comments and analysis of A Suggestion by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1951 Carlos
1931 A trusting little leaf of green,
1921 Fading
1912 Love's Supremacy Comments and analysis of Love's Supremacy by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 7 Comments
1907 Song Of The Spirit
1843 Answered
1834 Only Dreams
1809 Love Song
1794 In Faith
1787 Not Quite The Same
1779 An Old Man To His Sleeping Young Bride
1775 Be Not Weary
1769 Christmas Fancies
1764 Life
1752 By-And-Bye Comments and analysis of By-And-Bye by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1736 Earthly Pride
1729 It All Will Come Out Right
1722 Presumption
1719 Lost
1717 At The Hop
1714 Realisation
1683 Foes
1666 I Told You
1657 Here And Now
1656 Limitless
1645 Our Blessings
1636 Kingdom of Love
1627 Refuted
1597 Christ Crucified
1588 Independence Ode
1576 Beyond
1568 My Comrade
1546 Smoke
1526 Coleur de Rose
1524 Leudeman's-on-the-River Comments and analysis of Leudeman's-on-the-River by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1509 In the Long Run
1500 Idler's Song
1481 Contrasts
1475 Completion
1458 So Long In Coming
1455 At The Window
1449 Philosophy Comments and analysis of Philosophy by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1440 Denied
1436 A Waltz-Quadrille
1414 Conversion
1400 Recompense
1364 Love Will Wane
1364 Only A Slight Flirtation
1351 A Waif
1344 Bohemia
1340 Fading*
1324 Penalty
1318 Introductory Verses
1309 Lay It Away
1300 Beppo
1298 Preparation
1272 Perished
1264 Guerdon Comments and analysis of Guerdon by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1264 Old And New
1229 New And Old
1219 Daft
1204 Pardoned Out
1194 High Noon
1150 Lines from Comments and analysis of Lines from by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 5 Comments
1099 Over The Alley
790 Platonic Comments and analysis of Platonic by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
712 Possession Comments and analysis of Possession by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 28 Comments
473 Individuality
471 A Grey Mood Comments and analysis of A Grey Mood by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 8 Comments
439 Noblesse Oblige Comments and analysis of Noblesse Oblige by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
369 A Baby In The House
304 Change
267 Little Queen
204 Music In The Flat
200 At Bay
177 Angel Or Demon Comments and analysis of Angel Or Demon by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 25 Comments
110 "It Might Have Been"
58 Life's Harmonies
54 Go Plant a Tree
43 Finis


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