Ella Wheeler Wilcox

(5 November 1850 - 30 October 1919 / Johnstown Center / Rock County / Wisconsin)

Solitude - Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone.
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
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Comments about Solitude by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

  • Rookie chris beveridge (4/8/2015 7:42:00 PM)

    No man can help you die...I love this...stark truth underlies the apparently optimistic tone ...poem can be read on 2 levels... (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 98 Points Katelin Taylor (3/16/2015 2:22:00 AM)

    One I have committed to memory. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 9,807 Points Terry Craddock (2/23/2015 4:18:00 PM)

    This is a fantastic poem and the first two lines have become a famous quotation due to a perceptive insight into human nature. The more this poem is read the more beautiful and applicable the words become as a life motto due to the beauty and wisdom of the lines. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 6,036 Points Savita Tyagi (2/23/2015 9:11:00 AM)

    Beautiful! Words of wisdom in flawless rhythm! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 6,036 Points Savita Tyagi (2/23/2015 9:10:00 AM)

    Beautiful! Words of wisdom in flawless rhythm! (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,687 Points John Richter (2/23/2015 6:59:00 AM)

    Incredible insight, and executed flawlessly.... Brilliant! The world does only love the winner. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 15,373 Points Kim Barney (2/23/2015 3:49:00 AM)

    Wow! I love this one! It's going to go on my favorite poem list. The first two lines have been a favorite saying of mine for years, but I never knew they came from a poem! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 39,733 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (2/23/2015 2:29:00 AM)

    poem with its positive effects hope giver and nice to read and think- Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
    Weep, and you weep alone.thank you (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 39,733 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (2/23/2015 2:29:00 AM)

    poem with its positive effects hope giver and nice to read and think- Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
    Weep, and you weep alone.thank you (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 37 Points Colleen Courtney (6/6/2014 7:00:00 PM)

    Wow! So glad this poem was recalled to mind! Only ever recall the first two lines and totally forgot how brutally honest but incredibly wonderful the full reading is! Love this write! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 14,311 Points * Sunprincess * (6/6/2014 6:38:00 PM)

    .........honestly this is one of the best poems ever written....completely tells you the straight hard facts of life.....
    ................................~~~~~~~ LOVE ~ LOVE ~ LOVE ~~~~~~~~..................................... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 65 Points Rouren Torres (1/3/2014 10:26:00 PM)

    It's true. I may speak to many, but only one knows me and is willing to suffer beside me, as I suffer beside her. That person is really hard to come by and even more precious. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie John Pendrey (12/4/2013 3:48:00 AM)

    It's a classic, but surely sometimes it's good to let ourselves be vulnerable or to share another's grief. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Umar Mansoor (4/22/2013 6:36:00 AM)

    The enduring significance and substance contained in this magnificently evocative and resilient poem touches the latent strings of subdued emotions with forceful resonance. It is easily one of the best poems I have ever read of English poetry. The bitter taste of the stanzas speak inevitably about the rustic human nature, since very few of us behold the morals to lift somebody from distress and make him/her feel happy................... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Evance Ombaka (4/8/2012 4:04:00 AM)

    Absolutely true. My number one on the list. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 2 Points Allyson Heller (1/25/2012 12:35:00 AM)

    So true. This should be higher up on the list! (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,767 Points Smoky Hoss (10/19/2010 11:34:00 PM)

    When feeling alone,
    Converse with a poem... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Johnny Rodriguez (5/6/2010 11:19:00 AM)

    In response to J. Hays and Lori Smith.

    I agree, the same applies to me. I may be surround by many people but none are truly my friends, I guess I'm all alone... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Cracker Cow (12/21/2009 11:29:00 AM)

    I was only the age of seven when my mother recited this poem to me. It was after a judo match. The poem has been by my bed for years. The poem has brought me back from self pity. It has saved me from committing sucide as my mother did.
    Dearest mother why did you not remember the poem? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Natalie Walker (4/19/2008 2:45:00 PM)

    I learned this poem in the 80's and have not been able to 'forget' it. It says so much, and has inspired me to write a lot myself then, and now. (Report) Reply










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