Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

About 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

    I Love You By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    in Famous Love Poems

    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

    Life's Scars By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    in Famous Family Poems

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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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    I went to China to find my family.

  • Solitude

    Solitude By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    in Famous Sad Poems

    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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    This is a wonderful poem and I really liked it. My favorite yet!

  • The Little White Hearse

    The Little White Hearse By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    in Famous Death Poems

    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

    Thanksgiving By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    in Famous Holiday Poems

    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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