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Poems of Passion

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Paperback, 104 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Echo Library (first published January 1st 1883)
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Jul 08, 2016 Leah rated it it was amazing
2016 Reading Challenge Category: A book of poetry.

I first discovered Ella Wheeler Wilcox's Poems of Passion on my grandparents' shelf many years ago. Now the book sits on my shelf. I love that I have a book from 1883 in my home. I love that it has passed through so many hands. (There's a handwritten inscription in the front from 1892!) Most of all, I love that the poems still speak to me today. Some of my personal favorites:

"The Common Lot"

I especially love the poems w
M Pereira
Populist poetry. It's easygoing, accessible, light, and schmaltzy. It has its moments but is otherwise lowbrow, populist literature
Michelle Brandstetter
I found several entries within this 120 year old text that were thought provoking and perceptive [and I just love old books]. There were a few though that I failed to gain the rhythm and sometimes even an understanding. This may be due to the fact that I often read late into the night. My favorite lines come in the last paragraph of her preface, which reads, "With all due thanks and appreciation for the kind motives which interest so many dear friends in my career, I yet feel compelled to follow ...more
Nov 16, 2012 Charlotte rated it it was amazing
Ella is one of my favorite poets. She said she had been accused of always writing sentimental poetry so she put together this book of poems of passion. She had a wondrous vocabulary and many interests. She was able to write from a man's point of view as well as her own. Ella wrote at a time when poetry had rhyme and rhythm, but her poetry flows, and the rhyming does not seem contrived.

There were some typos in the Kindle edition, and I have not checked them against an original publication of he
Nov 26, 2014 Lucy rated it it was ok
Mmmm. Only 1 poem, 'That Day', got this collection a second star. Just too overblown.
Dec 28, 2010 Kcbanks rated it it was amazing
Truly inspiring! This is my first time reading anything written by Ella and yet I'm floored that her work reminds me so much of my adolescent poems. I can easily say that even though these were written in the late 1800s they are still relevant to present day situations. It's a comforting read, in that Ella is able to write exactly what I am feeling when I can't find the words...
Feb 10, 2011 Moe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A beautiful collection of classic romantic poetry. Written over 100 years ago, yet filled with the passion of today's heart and soul. I have many favorites in this book.
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Nov 02, 2009 Maguxy Ruiz rated it did not like it
Mi único comentario es que esta señora está incluída en antologías de los peores poemas de la literatura norteamericana, lo corroboro, doy fe.
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Aug 20, 2012 Barri Bryan rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy poetry, you will love this book. I read it twice, and will read it again. My two favorite poems were "Solitude" and "Ad Infinem".
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I love Ella's poetry I think I could have been her in another life
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Ella Wheeler Wilcox was an American author and poet.

Her best-known work was "Poems of Passion". Her most enduring work was the poem "Solitude", which contains the lines:

"Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone".

Her autobiography, "The Worlds and I", was published in 1918, a year before her death.
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“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.”
“Thank God, I say, for while I love you so, With that vast love, as passionate as tender, I feel an exultation as I know I have not made you a complete surrender. Here is my body; bruise it, if you will, And break my heart; I have that something still. You cannot grasp it” 9 likes
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