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Poems of Passion

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Book Overview: 

A collection of love poems.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Of our To Be, which was our Long Ago.
WHAT SHALL WE DO? Here now forevermore our lives must part.
My path leads there, and yours another way.
What shall we do with this fond love, dear heart?
It grows a heavier burden day by day.
Hide it? In all earth's caverns, void and vast,
There is not room enough to hide it, dear;
Not even the mighty storehouse of the past
Could cover it from our own eyes, I fear.
Drown it? Why, were the contents of each ocean
Merged into one great sea, too shallow then
Would be its waters to sink this emotion
So deep it could not rise to life again.
Burn it? In all the furnace flames below,
It would not in a thousand years expire.
Nay! it would thrive, exult, expand, and grow,
For from its very birth it fed on fire.
Starve it? Yes, yes, that is the only way.
Give it no food, of glance, or word, or sigh;
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Community Reviews

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 favorit...more

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...more

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".

I have a personal connection with this particular poetry book and that is why I have read the book back to front more than once!! I absolutely love it!! And I think that Ella Wheeler Wilcox was a pioneer for women poets everywhere.

Poems of Passion
by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

printed in 1883 this book is an interesting collection. to find similar feelings and frustrations. passions and ideals back then which have limited scope. it seems from the modern eye that love has a wider breath and her poems in some case seem to span emotio...more

loved it

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 handwrit...more

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.

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...more

Populist poetry. It's easygoing, accessible, light, and schmaltzy. It has its moments but is otherwise lowbrow, populist literature

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