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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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49968 Love is Enough Comments and analysis of Love is Enough by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 9 Comments
10560 Going Away Comments and analysis of Going Away by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 222 Comments
7369 Momus, God Of Laughter
7117 Ambition's Trail
6257 Communism Comments and analysis of Communism by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
5931 Does It Pay? Comments and analysis of Does It Pay? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
5655 Life's Scars Comments and analysis of Life's Scars by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
5393 Mother's Loss Comments and analysis of Mother's Loss by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
5270 Advice
5200 Poverty And Wealth
4872 Progress Comments and analysis of Progress by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
4791 Friendship After Love Comments and analysis of Friendship After Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
4617 Smiles Comments and analysis of Smiles by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
4595 I Love You
4530 Impatience
4318 Father
3905 A Song Of Life
3878 Fame
3836 As You Go Through Life
3701 Are you Loving Enough? Comments and analysis of Are you Loving Enough? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 16 Comments
3570 A Golden Day
3502 A Fallen Leaf
3492 Delilah Comments and analysis of Delilah by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3477 One Of Us Two Comments and analysis of One Of Us Two by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3419 Love's Coming
3386 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
3353 Sorry
3302 Last Love
3168 Love Much Comments and analysis of Love Much by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3133 Arise
3121 A Maiden's Secret
3099 In The Garden
3058 All That Love Asks
3029 Bird Of Hope
2979 Art And Love
2955 Reunited Comments and analysis of Reunited by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2935 Love Comments and analysis of Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2829 A March Snow Comments and analysis of A March Snow by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
2818 Moon And Sea
2806 At an Old Drawer
2760 Over the Banisters Comments and analysis of Over the Banisters by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
2738 A Woman's Love
2711 I Will Be Worthy Of It
2616 Attraction
2614 A Lovers' Quarrel
2598 Searching
2594 Contentment
2565 Life Is A Privilege Comments and analysis of Life Is A Privilege by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2541 A Leaf
2515 My Home
2502 My Ships Comments and analysis of My Ships by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2460 Preaching Vs Practice Comments and analysis of Preaching Vs Practice by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2454 Ad Finum Comments and analysis of Ad Finum by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
2440 Inspiration
2431 Morning Prayer
2374 Answered Prayers
2370 If
2348 Old Times
2347 Fleeing Away
2321 A Holiday
2307 A Maiden To Her Mirror
2276 Resolve Comments and analysis of Resolve by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2194 Listen!
2193 Sestina
2185 My Vision Comments and analysis of My Vision by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2181 Joy
2145 Desolation Comments and analysis of Desolation by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2143 An Empty Crib
2128 Love's Language
2128 Settle The Question Right Comments and analysis of Settle The Question Right by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2124 Love Thyself Last
2120 Sing To Me Comments and analysis of Sing To Me by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2117 An Inspiration
2114 River And Sea
2084 Custer Comments and analysis of Custer by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 7 Comments
2022 Thanksgiving
2014 After the Engagement
1989 A Marine Etching Comments and analysis of A Marine Etching by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 5 Comments
1981 An Answer
1979 A yacht from its harbour ropes pulled free,
1974 Sorrow's Uses Comments and analysis of Sorrow's Uses by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1957 I Am
1933 A Suggestion Comments and analysis of A Suggestion by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1933 Begin The Day
1926 Artist's Life
1923 Carlos
1909 A trusting little leaf of green,
1904 Fading
1896 Song Of The Spirit
1894 Love's Supremacy Comments and analysis of Love's Supremacy by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 7 Comments
1815 Answered
1798 Only Dreams
1795 Love Song
1771 In Faith
1761 An Old Man To His Sleeping Young Bride
1758 Be Not Weary
1757 Christmas Fancies
1756 Not Quite The Same
1746 Life
1736 By-And-Bye Comments and analysis of By-And-Bye by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1726 Earthly Pride
1711 It All Will Come Out Right
1711 Lost
1706 Presumption
1702 At The Hop
1695 Realisation
1662 Foes
1645 I Told You
1637 Here And Now
1636 Limitless
1628 Our Blessings
1612 Refuted
1611 Kingdom of Love
1584 Christ Crucified
1575 Independence Ode
1557 Beyond
1552 My Comrade
1524 Smoke
1510 Leudeman's-on-the-River Comments and analysis of Leudeman's-on-the-River by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1494 In the Long Run
1488 Idler's Song
1458 Contrasts
1457 Completion
1441 So Long In Coming
1437 Philosophy Comments and analysis of Philosophy by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1434 At The Window
1428 Denied
1421 Coleur de Rose
1414 A Waltz-Quadrille
1401 Conversion
1387 Recompense
1355 Only A Slight Flirtation
1354 Love Will Wane
1335 A Waif
1328 Bohemia
1324 Fading*
1316 Penalty
1301 Introductory Verses
1288 Beppo
1286 Preparation
1281 Lay It Away
1259 Perished
1253 Guerdon Comments and analysis of Guerdon by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1252 Old And New
1215 New And Old
1210 Daft
1188 Pardoned Out
1183 High Noon
1137 Lines from Comments and analysis of Lines from by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 5 Comments
1089 Over The Alley
744 Platonic Comments and analysis of Platonic by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
697 Possession Comments and analysis of Possession by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 28 Comments
460 Individuality
431 A Grey Mood Comments and analysis of A Grey Mood by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 8 Comments
397 Noblesse Oblige Comments and analysis of Noblesse Oblige by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
354 A Baby In The House
283 Change
252 Little Queen
195 Music In The Flat
192 At Bay
129 Angel Or Demon Comments and analysis of Angel Or Demon by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 25 Comments
76 "It Might Have Been"
44 Life's Harmonies
37 Go Plant a Tree
28 Finis


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