Solitude poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Solitude poem by  Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox (November 5, 1850 – October 30, 1919) was an American author and poet. Her best-known work was Poems of Passion. Her most enduring poem was “Solitude”. Solitude poem, was first published in the February 25, 1883 issue of The New York Sun.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox sent the Solitude poem to The New York Sun and received $5 for her effort. It was collected in the book Poems of Passion shortly after in May 1883. Ella Wheeler Wilcox was a popular poet rather than a literary poet, in her poems she expresses sentiments of cheer and optimism.

Below is here Solitude poem, which is full of Optimist, inspiration and motivation.

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.
Sing, and the hills will answer;
Sigh, it is lost on the air;
The echoes bound to a joyful sound,
But shrink from voicing care.

Rejoice, and men will seek you;
Grieve, and they turn and go;
They want full measure of all your pleasure,
But they do not need your woe.
Be glad, and your friends are many;
Be sad, and you lose them all;
There are none to decline your nectar’d wine,
But alone you must drink life’s gall.

Feast, and your halls are crowded;
Fast, and the world goes by.
Succeed and give, and it helps you live,
But no man can help you die.
There is room in the halls of pleasure
For a large and lordly train,
But one by one we must all file on
Through the narrow aisles of pain.

Recommended Book :- The Essential Ella Wheeler Wilcox Poetry Collection

See Also :- A Golden Day Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox


  1. Very nice poem. Thanks for sharing!


  2. Eloquence and sage advice for young, tortured soul type poets like myself. I’m glad I’ve been introduced to this poet.

    Wilcox’s poem seems to compliment another female poet of the time.
    “There are none to decline your nectar’d wine” has a Dickinsonian ring to it, albeit in perfect rhyme, rather than slant. The truth of this poem, that sadness is suffered alone, is exemplified by Dickinson’s life, but if one were inclined to compare the two poets, Dickinson is more widely known and held in the utmost esteem by readers of poetry.

    This poem can be a great conversation starter though, and it eschews the enigmatic language that can be off-putting to most. In any case, I’m interested in reading more of her work.


    1. If you enjoy reading Dickinson, then i am sure you will love Wilcox’s works. Her poem’s are extremely simple and full of positive energy. 🙂 😛


  3. this has been one of my favorite poems for as long as I can remember. great post 🙂


  4. Wilcox’s poem has a ring of truth in it; the fickle-minded will hasten to depart when times are grim but are ready to bask in your joy when there is laughter and good times promised. I enjoyed reading this thought-provoking piece.


  5. Cheer and optimism! I think I have a new favorite poet. Thank you!


  6. Glad you stopped by – look forward to browsing – have not come across the opener in years, must share.


  7. I am so glad you posted an Ella Wheeler Wilcox poem. She had such an interesting life, and her poems are beautiful. I recommend her memoir The Worlds and I. Very neat book.


  8. This poet is one of my favorites. Her poem “I Shall Grow Beautiful” is rich with imagery.


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