Love is enough. Let us not ask for gold.
Wealth breeds false aims, and pride and selfishness;
In those serene, Arcadian days of old
Men gave no thought to princely homes and dress.
The gods who dwelt on fair Olympia’s height
Lived only for dear love and love’s delight.
Love is enough.

Love is enough. Why should we care for fame?
Ambition is a most unpleasant guest:
It lures us with the glory of a name
Far from the happy haunts of peace and rest.
Let us stay here in this secluded place
Made beautiful by love’s endearing grace!
Love is enough.

Love is enough. Why should we strive for power?
It brings men only envy and distrust.
The poor world’s homage pleases but an hour,
And earthly honours vanish in the dust.
The grandest lives are ofttimes desolate;
Let me be loved, and let who will be great.
Love is enough.

Love is enough. Why should we ask for more?
What greater gift have gods vouchsafed to men?
What better boon of all their precious store
Than our fond hearts that love and love again?
Old love may die; new love is just as sweet;
And life is fair and all the world complete:
Love is enough!

Analysis, meaning and summary of Ella Wheeler Wilcox's poem Love is Enough


  1. Angel says:

    Nice poem
    If only everyone could see things as you,the world would be WONDERFUL!

  2. rodeline says:

    i want you to know that i will never let you go i want you to be by my side

  3. brokenopen says:

    wow! i find this poem brilliant. i am deeply hurt by the saddest experience to date in my so-called existence but this poem moves me. i still love life and everything and everyone around me! i surely can get on with life. life is nothing without love. and someday, i can find true love…=)

  4. yann rolland says:

    love is not only enough, love is medecine for all problems and miseries life bring us on, love is necessary and you have to love love…Yhis is a beautiful poem…Thank you you make me strong…

  5. Matt says:

    Very nice poem. Maybe love is enough to all people but to some love is just a way to get what they want. I don’t think love should be that way and others shouldn’t believe this ether.

  6. olga says:

    Can I just say that i like your poem a lot but there are many feelings that love holds! Many whomen or men may feel like they are going to lose the love they have I now its just a feeling of being scared but its strong, really strong! I am feeling the pain inside right now i just dont show it because i dont want my love to get made. I dont now what to do or how to act But all i now is that i will always be by his side no matter what! Maybe you can Write another poem about feelings of love! I do like your poem though!

  7. Raven says:

    this is a great poem and makes me think about my love life which isn’t doing so well so when i read this poem it gives me relief

  8. Julie says:

    Very nice poem.
    Love is enought, and I do agree with the fact that Old love may die, and that new love is just as sweet, or even maybe sweeter.

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