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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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Page ViewsPoemComments
52342 Love is Enough Comments and analysis of Love is Enough by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 16 Comments
10811 Going Away Comments and analysis of Going Away by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 227 Comments
8034 Momus, God Of Laughter
7322 Ambition's Trail
6463 Communism Comments and analysis of Communism by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
6107 Does It Pay? Comments and analysis of Does It Pay? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
5930 Life's Scars Comments and analysis of Life's Scars by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
5639 Poverty And Wealth
5570 Mother's Loss Comments and analysis of Mother's Loss by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
5483 Advice
5201 Progress Comments and analysis of Progress by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
4996 Friendship After Love Comments and analysis of Friendship After Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
4967 Impatience
4839 Smiles Comments and analysis of Smiles by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
4572 Father
4263 As You Go Through Life
4144 A Song Of Life
3977 Fame
3935 Are you Loving Enough? Comments and analysis of Are you Loving Enough? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 18 Comments
3787 A Golden Day
3714 A Fallen Leaf
3653 One Of Us Two Comments and analysis of One Of Us Two by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3646 Delilah Comments and analysis of Delilah by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3625 Sorry
3584 Love's Coming
3577 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
3483 Love Much Comments and analysis of Love Much by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3470 Last Love
3321 Arise
3317 All That Love Asks
3257 A Maiden's Secret
3226 Bird Of Hope
3140 Art And Love
3089 Reunited Comments and analysis of Reunited by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3080 Love Comments and analysis of Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3043 Moon And Sea
3009 A March Snow Comments and analysis of A March Snow by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
2981 At an Old Drawer
2933 Over the Banisters Comments and analysis of Over the Banisters by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
2901 A Woman's Love
2840 Life Is A Privilege Comments and analysis of Life Is A Privilege by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2795 A Lovers' Quarrel
2773 Searching
2762 Contentment
2739 Attraction
2725 Ad Finum Comments and analysis of Ad Finum by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
2704 My Ships Comments and analysis of My Ships by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2693 A Leaf
2683 My Home
2602 Inspiration
2588 Preaching Vs Practice Comments and analysis of Preaching Vs Practice by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2580 Morning Prayer
2561 Old Times
2556 Fleeing Away
2521 Answered Prayers
2509 If
2491 A Holiday
2484 A Maiden To Her Mirror
2449 Resolve Comments and analysis of Resolve by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2400 Listen!
2361 My Vision Comments and analysis of My Vision by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2343 Love's Language
2312 Settle The Question Right Comments and analysis of Settle The Question Right by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2294 Joy
2288 An Empty Crib
2286 Custer Comments and analysis of Custer by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 10 Comments
2280 Sing To Me Comments and analysis of Sing To Me by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2279 Desolation Comments and analysis of Desolation by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2279 Love Thyself Last
2256 River And Sea
2248 An Inspiration
2198 I Am
2184 A yacht from its harbour ropes pulled free,
2153 Carlos
2152 Thanksgiving
2152 After the Engagement
2149 An Answer
2112 Sorrow's Uses Comments and analysis of Sorrow's Uses by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2107 Artist's Life
2099 Begin The Day
2092 A Suggestion Comments and analysis of A Suggestion by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2053 Love's Supremacy Comments and analysis of Love's Supremacy by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 11 Comments
2008 Answered
1997 Song Of The Spirit
1954 Only Dreams
1944 Love Song
1938 Not Quite The Same
1906 Be Not Weary
1906 In Faith
1902 An Old Man To His Sleeping Young Bride
1890 Christmas Fancies
1865 Life
1863 By-And-Bye Comments and analysis of By-And-Bye by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1860 Presumption
1848 Realisation
1838 Earthly Pride
1833 I Told You
1829 At The Hop
1817 Foes
1799 Lost
1796 Limitless
1758 Coleur de Rose
1758 Kingdom of Love
1746 Our Blessings
1736 Refuted
1695 Independence Ode
1684 Smoke
1677 Beyond
1669 Contrasts
1664 My Comrade
1642 Leudeman's-on-the-River Comments and analysis of Leudeman's-on-the-River by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1626 Completion
1612 At The Window
1611 Idler's Song
1605 In the Long Run
1586 Only A Slight Flirtation
1564 So Long In Coming
1555 Denied
1553 A Waltz-Quadrille
1547 Philosophy Comments and analysis of Philosophy by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1544 Love Will Wane
1540 Recompense
1479 Bohemia
1446 A Waif
1445 Fading*
1433 Lay It Away
1430 Penalty
1397 Beppo
1397 Preparation
1362 Perished
1361 Old And New
1358 Guerdon Comments and analysis of Guerdon by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1346 Daft
1333 New And Old
1333 Pardoned Out
1285 High Noon
1255 Lines from Comments and analysis of Lines from by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 8 Comments
1213 Over The Alley
1084 Platonic Comments and analysis of Platonic by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
846 Possession Comments and analysis of Possession by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 29 Comments
698 Noblesse Oblige Comments and analysis of Noblesse Oblige by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
610 Angel Or Demon Comments and analysis of Angel Or Demon by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 28 Comments
601 Individuality
535 A Baby In The House
426 Change
386 Little Queen
311 At Bay
290 Music In The Flat
245 "It Might Have Been"
192 Life's Harmonies
173 Go Plant a Tree
164 Finis
151 I Love You
134 Christ Crucified
125 Sestina
114 A Grey Mood Comments and analysis of A Grey Mood by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 8 Comments
96 Fading
91 Here And Now
88 In The Garden
80 A Marine Etching Comments and analysis of A Marine Etching by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 7 Comments
72 Conversion
47 A trusting little leaf of green,
33 Introductory Verses
2 I Will Be Worthy Of It
1 It All Will Come Out Right


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