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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
55393 Love is Enough Comments and analysis of Love is Enough by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 33 Comments
11396 Going Away Comments and analysis of Going Away by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 230 Comments
8828 Momus, God Of Laughter
7630 Ambition's Trail
6801 Communism Comments and analysis of Communism by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
6107 Poverty And Wealth
5886 Mother's Loss Comments and analysis of Mother's Loss by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
5664 Progress Comments and analysis of Progress by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
5460 Impatience
5344 Friendship After Love Comments and analysis of Friendship After Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
5147 Smiles Comments and analysis of Smiles by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
4935 Father
4621 As You Go Through Life
4425 A Song Of Life
4399 A Holiday
4232 Are you Loving Enough? Comments and analysis of Are you Loving Enough? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 19 Comments
4231 Fame
4084 A Golden Day
4007 A Fallen Leaf
3947 Sorry
3946 One Of Us Two Comments and analysis of One Of Us Two by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3914 Delilah Comments and analysis of Delilah by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3904 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
3900 Love's Coming
3729 All That Love Asks
3601 Arise
3463 A Maiden's Secret
3405 Art And Love
3398 Moon And Sea
3358 Love Comments and analysis of Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3325 Reunited Comments and analysis of Reunited by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3306 A March Snow Comments and analysis of A March Snow by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
3282 At an Old Drawer Comments and analysis of At an Old Drawer by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 5 Comments
3235 Life Is A Privilege Comments and analysis of Life Is A Privilege by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3222 Ad Finum Comments and analysis of Ad Finum by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
3220 Over the Banisters Comments and analysis of Over the Banisters by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
3142 A Woman's Love
3063 Contentment Comments and analysis of Contentment by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3052 A Lovers' Quarrel
3049 Searching
3040 Be Not Weary
3019 A Leaf
2979 My Ships Comments and analysis of My Ships by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2950 My Home
2908 Inspiration
2876 Fleeing Away
2827 Old Times
2804 Answered Prayers
2794 Morning Prayer
2746 A Maiden To Her Mirror
2740 If
2735 Resolve Comments and analysis of Resolve by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2690 Listen!
2645 Love's Language
2615 Sing To Me Comments and analysis of Sing To Me by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2614 Settle The Question Right Comments and analysis of Settle The Question Right by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2601 My Vision Comments and analysis of My Vision by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2580 Custer Comments and analysis of Custer by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 11 Comments
2565 Desolation Comments and analysis of Desolation by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2541 Joy
2537 An Empty Crib
2524 An Inspiration
2518 Love Thyself Last
2495 I Am
2442 Thanksgiving
2435 A yacht from its harbour ropes pulled free,
2434 Artist's Life
2432 Carlos
2411 An Answer
2392 A Suggestion Comments and analysis of A Suggestion by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2367 After the Engagement
2362 Begin The Day
2357 Preparation
2353 Sorrow's Uses Comments and analysis of Sorrow's Uses by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2230 Song Of The Spirit
2205 Only Dreams
2185 Foes
2175 Love Song
2169 Not Quite The Same
2162 I Told You
2153 By-And-Bye Comments and analysis of By-And-Bye by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2151 Christmas Fancies
2132 An Old Man To His Sleeping Young Bride
2108 Presumption
2095 Realisation
2073 Life
2070 At The Hop
2065 Earthly Pride
2013 Limitless
1983 Lost
1976 Refuted
1964 Kingdom of Love
1960 Our Blessings
1925 Beyond
1913 Smoke
1909 Contrasts
1909 In the Long Run
1888 My Comrade
1858 At The Window
1857 Denied
1856 Completion
1846 Leudeman's-on-the-River Comments and analysis of Leudeman's-on-the-River by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1845 Only A Slight Flirtation
1844 A Waltz-Quadrille
1838 Idler's Song
1775 Philosophy Comments and analysis of Philosophy by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1773 So Long In Coming
1747 Recompense
1739 Love Will Wane
1719 A Waif
1676 Lay It Away
1657 Fading*
1646 Daft
1638 Penalty
1636 Guerdon Comments and analysis of Guerdon by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1604 Beppo
1585 Lines from Comments and analysis of Lines from by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 9 Comments
1576 Old And New
1561 Pardoned Out
1544 New And Old
1531 Platonic Comments and analysis of Platonic by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
1480 High Noon
1443 Over The Alley
1259 Possession Comments and analysis of Possession by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 29 Comments
1056 Angel Or Demon Comments and analysis of Angel Or Demon by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 29 Comments
983 Noblesse Oblige Comments and analysis of Noblesse Oblige by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
810 Individuality
793 A Baby In The House
691 Change
557 At Bay
528 Music In The Flat
520 "It Might Have Been"
488 Life's Harmonies
447 Sestina
418 In The Garden
400 A Marine Etching Comments and analysis of A Marine Etching by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 8 Comments
397 Go Plant a Tree
390 Christ Crucified
342 Fading
328 Here And Now
327 Life's Scars Comments and analysis of Life's Scars by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
315 Conversion
305 River And Sea
300 A trusting little leaf of green,
290 Bird Of Hope
266 I Will Be Worthy Of It
246 Introductory Verses
246 Last Love
225 It All Will Come Out Right
204 Bohemia
174 Finis
135 A Grey Mood Comments and analysis of A Grey Mood by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 8 Comments
130 Love's Supremacy Comments and analysis of Love's Supremacy by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 12 Comments
124 Does It Pay? Comments and analysis of Does It Pay? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
109 Answered
103 Independence Ode
68 Coleur de Rose
57 Love Much Comments and analysis of Love Much by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
49 I Love You
48 Perished
37 Preaching Vs Practice Comments and analysis of Preaching Vs Practice by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
24 Attraction
18 In Faith
12 Advice
11 Little Queen


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