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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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55222 Love is Enough Comments and analysis of Love is Enough by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 33 Comments
11334 Going Away Comments and analysis of Going Away by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 230 Comments
8771 Momus, God Of Laughter
7616 Ambition's Trail
6783 Communism Comments and analysis of Communism by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
6074 Poverty And Wealth
5872 Mother's Loss Comments and analysis of Mother's Loss by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
5756 Advice
5633 Progress Comments and analysis of Progress by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
5439 Impatience
5327 Friendship After Love Comments and analysis of Friendship After Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
5129 Smiles Comments and analysis of Smiles by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
4897 Father
4611 As You Go Through Life
4410 A Song Of Life
4383 A Holiday
4222 Fame
4216 Are you Loving Enough? Comments and analysis of Are you Loving Enough? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 19 Comments
4061 A Golden Day
3994 A Fallen Leaf
3934 One Of Us Two Comments and analysis of One Of Us Two by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3924 Sorry
3905 Delilah Comments and analysis of Delilah by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3882 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
3882 Love's Coming
3678 All That Love Asks
3590 Arise
3452 A Maiden's Secret
3392 Art And Love
3382 Moon And Sea
3336 Love Comments and analysis of Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3316 Reunited Comments and analysis of Reunited by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3289 A March Snow Comments and analysis of A March Snow by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
3253 At an Old Drawer Comments and analysis of At an Old Drawer by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 5 Comments
3211 Life Is A Privilege Comments and analysis of Life Is A Privilege by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3202 Over the Banisters Comments and analysis of Over the Banisters by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
3178 Ad Finum Comments and analysis of Ad Finum by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
3125 A Woman's Love
3045 Contentment Comments and analysis of Contentment by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3037 A Lovers' Quarrel
3035 Searching
3012 Be Not Weary
2967 My Ships Comments and analysis of My Ships by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2963 A Leaf
2957 Attraction
2940 My Home
2895 Inspiration
2861 Fleeing Away
2796 Old Times
2785 Morning Prayer
2776 Answered Prayers
2734 A Maiden To Her Mirror
2729 If
2709 Resolve Comments and analysis of Resolve by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2659 Listen!
2630 Love's Language
2599 Settle The Question Right Comments and analysis of Settle The Question Right by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2598 Sing To Me Comments and analysis of Sing To Me by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2592 My Vision Comments and analysis of My Vision by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2560 Custer Comments and analysis of Custer by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 11 Comments
2556 Desolation Comments and analysis of Desolation by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2533 Joy
2520 An Empty Crib
2512 An Inspiration
2504 Love Thyself Last
2477 I Am
2426 A yacht from its harbour ropes pulled free,
2415 Thanksgiving
2405 Carlos
2401 Artist's Life
2377 An Answer
2358 A Suggestion Comments and analysis of A Suggestion by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2356 After the Engagement
2343 Sorrow's Uses Comments and analysis of Sorrow's Uses by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2342 Begin The Day
2339 Preparation
2220 Song Of The Spirit
2210 In Faith
2192 Only Dreams
2160 Not Quite The Same
2151 Love Song
2143 I Told You
2138 Christmas Fancies
2136 Foes
2134 By-And-Bye Comments and analysis of By-And-Bye by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2119 An Old Man To His Sleeping Young Bride
2100 Presumption
2085 Realisation
2067 Life
2058 At The Hop
2057 Earthly Pride
2002 Limitless
1972 Lost
1967 Refuted
1954 Kingdom of Love
1947 Our Blessings
1909 Beyond
1904 Smoke
1896 Contrasts
1868 My Comrade
1866 In the Long Run
1846 At The Window
1845 Completion
1838 Leudeman's-on-the-River Comments and analysis of Leudeman's-on-the-River by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1832 Denied
1824 Idler's Song
1824 Only A Slight Flirtation
1815 A Waltz-Quadrille
1765 So Long In Coming
1764 Philosophy Comments and analysis of Philosophy by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1740 Recompense
1731 Love Will Wane
1705 A Waif
1671 Lay It Away
1645 Fading*
1634 Penalty
1619 Guerdon Comments and analysis of Guerdon by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1614 Daft
1592 Beppo
1574 Lines from Comments and analysis of Lines from by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 9 Comments
1568 Old And New
1553 Pardoned Out
1534 New And Old
1506 Platonic Comments and analysis of Platonic by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
1471 High Noon
1428 Over The Alley
1208 Possession Comments and analysis of Possession by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 29 Comments
1032 Angel Or Demon Comments and analysis of Angel Or Demon by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 29 Comments
965 Noblesse Oblige Comments and analysis of Noblesse Oblige by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
803 Individuality
766 A Baby In The House
673 Change
628 Little Queen
532 At Bay
520 Music In The Flat
511 "It Might Have Been"
464 Life's Harmonies
428 Sestina
402 In The Garden
385 A Marine Etching Comments and analysis of A Marine Etching by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 8 Comments
383 Go Plant a Tree
363 Christ Crucified
327 Fading
321 Here And Now
302 Conversion
296 Life's Scars Comments and analysis of Life's Scars by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
286 A trusting little leaf of green,
268 River And Sea
246 I Will Be Worthy Of It
239 Introductory Verses
234 Last Love
232 Bird Of Hope
212 It All Will Come Out Right
186 Bohemia
161 Finis
114 A Grey Mood Comments and analysis of A Grey Mood by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 8 Comments
105 Does It Pay? Comments and analysis of Does It Pay? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
99 Answered
90 Independence Ode
56 Love's Supremacy Comments and analysis of Love's Supremacy by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 12 Comments
51 Coleur de Rose
41 Perished
35 Love Much Comments and analysis of Love Much by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
29 Preaching Vs Practice Comments and analysis of Preaching Vs Practice by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
27 I Love You


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