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Poems of Pleasure

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Book Overview: 

This is another volume in Ella Wheeler Wilcox's famous series of poetry. This volume bears the topic "pleasure".

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Your lives to be cast in this mold?
Like a lurid volcanic upheaval,
In pastures prosaic and gray,
You seem with your fervors primeval,
Among us to-day.
You dropped from some planet of splendor,
Perhaps as it circled afar,
And your constancy, swerveless and tender,
You learned from the course of that star.
Fly back to its bosom, I warn you—
As back to the ark flew the dove—
The minions of earth will but scorn you,
Because you can love.


THE SEA-BREEZE AND THE SCARF. HUNG on the casement that looked o’er the main,
Fluttered a scarf of blue;
And a gay, bold breeze paused to flatter and tease
This trifle of delicate hue.
“You are lovelier far than the proud skies are,”
He said with a voice that sighed;
“You are fairer to me than the beautiful sea,
Oh, why do you stay here and hide?
“You are wasting your life in tha. . . Read More

Community Reviews

My Favourite poet x

I love Ellas writing. Its very soft and feminine. Its got such a lovely cadence to it and beautiful imagery and symbolism. She is one of my favorite poets.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox is more of a grass-roots poet, along the lines of Edgar A. Guest and Helen Steiner Rice. She is not typically mentioned in literary anthologies. For the most part, her poetry is optimistic and uplifting, but she has a sing-song style that tends to get monotonous. This is a good,