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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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51064 Love is Enough Comments and analysis of Love is Enough by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 9 Comments
10678 Going Away Comments and analysis of Going Away by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 225 Comments
7643 Momus, God Of Laughter
7223 Ambition's Trail
6344 Communism Comments and analysis of Communism by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
6012 Does It Pay? Comments and analysis of Does It Pay? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
5784 Life's Scars Comments and analysis of Life's Scars by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
5474 Mother's Loss Comments and analysis of Mother's Loss by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
5442 Poverty And Wealth
5343 Advice
5016 Progress Comments and analysis of Progress by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
4889 Friendship After Love Comments and analysis of Friendship After Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
4743 Smiles Comments and analysis of Smiles by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
4708 Impatience
4432 Father
4077 As You Go Through Life
4020 A Song Of Life
3917 Fame
3785 Are you Loving Enough? Comments and analysis of Are you Loving Enough? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 17 Comments
3668 A Golden Day
3607 A Fallen Leaf
3567 One Of Us Two Comments and analysis of One Of Us Two by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3558 Delilah Comments and analysis of Delilah by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3491 Love's Coming
3480 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
3476 Sorry
3381 Last Love
3324 Love Much Comments and analysis of Love Much by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3207 Arise
3181 A Maiden's Secret
3167 In The Garden
3163 All That Love Asks
3122 Bird Of Hope
3054 Art And Love
3017 Reunited Comments and analysis of Reunited by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2993 Love Comments and analysis of Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2926 A March Snow Comments and analysis of A March Snow by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
2924 Moon And Sea
2874 At an Old Drawer
2842 Over the Banisters Comments and analysis of Over the Banisters by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
2799 I Will Be Worthy Of It
2796 A Woman's Love
2707 A Lovers' Quarrel
2702 Life Is A Privilege Comments and analysis of Life Is A Privilege by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2673 Searching
2671 Attraction
2667 Contentment
2618 My Ships Comments and analysis of My Ships by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2600 My Home
2596 A Leaf
2574 Ad Finum Comments and analysis of Ad Finum by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
2528 Preaching Vs Practice Comments and analysis of Preaching Vs Practice by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2512 Inspiration
2503 Morning Prayer
2444 Answered Prayers
2431 Fleeing Away
2431 Old Times
2430 If
2408 A Holiday
2380 A Maiden To Her Mirror
2356 Resolve Comments and analysis of Resolve by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2326 Listen!
2297 Sestina
2263 My Vision Comments and analysis of My Vision by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2231 Joy
2225 Settle The Question Right Comments and analysis of Settle The Question Right by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2220 Love's Language
2207 An Empty Crib
2206 Desolation Comments and analysis of Desolation by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2187 Sing To Me Comments and analysis of Sing To Me by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2186 Love Thyself Last
2177 Custer Comments and analysis of Custer by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 9 Comments
2172 An Inspiration
2171 River And Sea
2095 I Am
2086 After the Engagement
2083 Thanksgiving
2055 An Answer
2048 Sorrow's Uses Comments and analysis of Sorrow's Uses by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2044 A Marine Etching Comments and analysis of A Marine Etching by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 5 Comments
2043 A yacht from its harbour ropes pulled free,
2038 Carlos
2021 Artist's Life
2011 Begin The Day
2002 A Suggestion Comments and analysis of A Suggestion by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1972 A trusting little leaf of green,
1963 Love's Supremacy Comments and analysis of Love's Supremacy by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 7 Comments
1940 Song Of The Spirit
1908 Answered
1888 Only Dreams
1865 Not Quite The Same
1864 Love Song
1840 Be Not Weary
1833 In Faith
1822 An Old Man To His Sleeping Young Bride
1813 Life
1810 Christmas Fancies
1795 By-And-Bye Comments and analysis of By-And-Bye by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1777 Presumption
1775 Earthly Pride
1770 Realisation
1769 It All Will Come Out Right
1755 At The Hop
1747 Lost
1730 Limitless
1728 Foes
1718 I Told You
1689 Our Blessings
1685 Kingdom of Love
1665 Refuted
1646 Christ Crucified
1628 Independence Ode
1618 Beyond
1606 Smoke
1602 My Comrade
1571 Coleur de Rose
1567 Leudeman's-on-the-River Comments and analysis of Leudeman's-on-the-River by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1551 In the Long Run
1544 Idler's Song
1530 Completion
1530 Contrasts
1512 At The Window
1500 So Long In Coming
1494 Philosophy Comments and analysis of Philosophy by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1483 Denied
1480 A Waltz-Quadrille
1438 Recompense
1428 Love Will Wane
1404 Only A Slight Flirtation
1396 Bohemia
1389 Fading*
1384 A Waif
1373 Penalty
1368 Lay It Away
1350 Introductory Verses
1346 Preparation
1335 Beppo
1308 Perished
1306 Old And New
1301 Guerdon Comments and analysis of Guerdon by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1274 Daft
1267 New And Old
1258 Pardoned Out
1233 High Noon
1186 Lines from Comments and analysis of Lines from by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 5 Comments
1142 Over The Alley
885 Platonic Comments and analysis of Platonic by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
768 Possession Comments and analysis of Possession by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 28 Comments
545 Noblesse Oblige Comments and analysis of Noblesse Oblige by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
533 Individuality
527 A Grey Mood Comments and analysis of A Grey Mood by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 8 Comments
431 A Baby In The House
356 Change
309 Little Queen
254 Angel Or Demon Comments and analysis of Angel Or Demon by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 25 Comments
239 At Bay
238 Music In The Flat
163 "It Might Have Been"
112 Life's Harmonies
104 Go Plant a Tree
95 Finis
20 I Love You
12 Here And Now
11 Fading
8 Conversion


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