Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Biography of Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox was an American author and poet. Ella was born on November 5, 1850 to a poor farm family in Wisconsin. The youngest of four children, her mother was fond of literature and encouraged her to develop a love for reading and writing.

Wilcox's first poem was written when she was 8 years old, and by the age of 14, she was published. Before graduating high school, Wilcox was known as a poet by those who lived in Wisconsin.

Her most famous poem was "Solitude," which contains the lines: "Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone." It was inspired by a woman she came in contact with while traveling to the Governor's inaugural ball. It was published by the New York Sun on February 25, 1883, and she received $5 for it.

During her life, Wilcox received many rejection letters before a publisher gave her books of poetry a chance. Despite these rejections, Wilcox remained very optimistic. Her best-known poetry book was Poems of Passion (1883).

Many of the subjects Wilcox wrote about included theosophy, new thought, and spiritualism. She believed in reincarnation, which was a source of her optimism. Her goal was to lift people's spirits with her writing.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox died of cancer on October 30, 1919.

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Poems by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I Love You By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

in Famous Love Poems

I Love You

I love your lips when they’re wet with wine
And red with a wild desire;
I love your eyes when the lovelight lies
Lit with a passionate fire.

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Life's Scars By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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Life's Scars

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They say the world is round, and yet
I often think it square,
So many little hurts we get
From corners here and there.

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Solitude By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

in Famous Sad Poems

Solitude

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.

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The Little White Hearse By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

in Famous Death Poems

The Little White Hearse

Somebody's baby was buried to-day--
The empty white hearse from the grave rumbled back,
And the morning somehow seemed less smiling and gay
As I paused on the walk while it crossed on its way,...

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Thanksgiving By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

in Famous Holiday Poems

Thanksgiving

We walk on starry fields of white
And do not see the daisies;
For blessings common in our sight
We rarely offer praises....

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