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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
53198 Love is Enough Comments and analysis of Love is Enough by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 20 Comments
10864 Going Away Comments and analysis of Going Away by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 227 Comments
8191 Momus, God Of Laughter
7364 Ambition's Trail
6524 Communism Comments and analysis of Communism by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
6153 Does It Pay? Comments and analysis of Does It Pay? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
5739 Poverty And Wealth
5631 Mother's Loss Comments and analysis of Mother's Loss by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
5528 Advice
5301 Progress Comments and analysis of Progress by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
5076 Impatience
5058 Friendship After Love Comments and analysis of Friendship After Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
4887 Smiles Comments and analysis of Smiles by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
4657 Father
4379 As You Go Through Life
4229 A Song Of Life
4018 Fame
3992 Are you Loving Enough? Comments and analysis of Are you Loving Enough? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 18 Comments
3840 A Golden Day
3773 A Fallen Leaf
3713 One Of Us Two Comments and analysis of One Of Us Two by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3690 Delilah Comments and analysis of Delilah by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3690 Sorry
3647 Love's Coming
3631 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
3524 Love Much Comments and analysis of Love Much by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3390 All That Love Asks
3378 Arise
3284 Bird Of Hope
3281 A Maiden's Secret
3185 Art And Love
3127 Reunited Comments and analysis of Reunited by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3112 Love Comments and analysis of Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
3112 Moon And Sea
3055 A March Snow Comments and analysis of A March Snow by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
3025 At an Old Drawer
2972 Over the Banisters Comments and analysis of Over the Banisters by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 2 Comments
2942 A Woman's Love
2936 Life Is A Privilege Comments and analysis of Life Is A Privilege by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2842 A Lovers' Quarrel
2817 Ad Finum Comments and analysis of Ad Finum by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
2814 Searching
2801 Contentment
2760 Attraction
2758 My Ships Comments and analysis of My Ships by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2734 My Home
2732 A Leaf
2660 Inspiration
2643 Preaching Vs Practice Comments and analysis of Preaching Vs Practice by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2613 Morning Prayer
2613 Old Times
2608 Fleeing Away
2565 Answered Prayers
2547 If
2527 A Holiday
2527 A Maiden To Her Mirror
2484 Resolve Comments and analysis of Resolve by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2437 Listen!
2415 Love's Language
2398 My Vision Comments and analysis of My Vision by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2381 Settle The Question Right Comments and analysis of Settle The Question Right by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2336 Joy
2330 Custer Comments and analysis of Custer by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 10 Comments
2326 Desolation Comments and analysis of Desolation by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2323 Sing To Me Comments and analysis of Sing To Me by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2320 An Empty Crib
2315 Love Thyself Last
2289 An Inspiration
2250 I Am
2233 A yacht from its harbour ropes pulled free,
2214 Carlos
2201 After the Engagement
2189 An Answer
2185 Thanksgiving
2146 Artist's Life
2145 Sorrow's Uses Comments and analysis of Sorrow's Uses by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2134 Begin The Day
2128 A Suggestion Comments and analysis of A Suggestion by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
2090 Love's Supremacy Comments and analysis of Love's Supremacy by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 11 Comments
2055 Answered
2016 Song Of The Spirit
1985 Only Dreams
1982 Love Song
1981 In Faith
1977 Not Quite The Same
1953 Be Not Weary
1930 An Old Man To His Sleeping Young Bride
1929 I Told You
1920 Christmas Fancies
1900 Presumption
1899 By-And-Bye Comments and analysis of By-And-Bye by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1898 Life
1893 Foes
1887 Realisation
1874 Earthly Pride
1868 At The Hop
1830 Limitless
1827 Coleur de Rose
1824 Lost
1790 Kingdom of Love
1780 Refuted
1774 Our Blessings
1747 Independence Ode
1713 Smoke
1712 Contrasts
1705 Beyond
1701 My Comrade
1677 Leudeman's-on-the-River Comments and analysis of Leudeman's-on-the-River by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1669 Completion
1648 Idler's Song
1637 At The Window
1636 In the Long Run
1619 Only A Slight Flirtation
1600 A Waltz-Quadrille
1596 So Long In Coming
1588 Denied
1588 Philosophy Comments and analysis of Philosophy by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1584 Recompense
1571 Love Will Wane
1510 Bohemia
1474 A Waif
1471 Fading*
1469 Lay It Away
1464 Penalty
1430 Preparation
1424 Beppo
1400 Perished
1396 Guerdon Comments and analysis of Guerdon by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
1393 Old And New
1386 Daft
1366 Pardoned Out
1364 New And Old
1313 High Noon
1282 Lines from Comments and analysis of Lines from by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 8 Comments
1253 Over The Alley
1216 Platonic Comments and analysis of Platonic by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 3 Comments
892 Possession Comments and analysis of Possession by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 29 Comments
750 Noblesse Oblige Comments and analysis of Noblesse Oblige by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment
706 Angel Or Demon Comments and analysis of Angel Or Demon by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 28 Comments
623 Individuality
574 A Baby In The House
464 Change
424 Little Queen
351 Music In The Flat
333 At Bay
285 "It Might Have Been"
251 Life's Harmonies
247 I Love You
211 Go Plant a Tree
204 Finis
195 Sestina
180 A Grey Mood Comments and analysis of A Grey Mood by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 8 Comments
166 Christ Crucified
154 In The Garden
139 Here And Now
136 Fading
125 A Marine Etching Comments and analysis of A Marine Etching by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 7 Comments
97 Conversion
83 A trusting little leaf of green,
63 Introductory Verses
42 I Will Be Worthy Of It
36 Last Love
27 It All Will Come Out Right
25 River And Sea
13 Life's Scars Comments and analysis of Life's Scars by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1 Comment


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