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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,
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 nectared 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 long and lordly train,
But one by one we must all file on
Through the narrow aisles of pain.


Comments about Solitude by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

  • Rookie - 0 Points Malcolm Horsnell (7/16/2017 11:43:00 AM)

    A powerful poem that depicts the way life is, not the way life ought to be. In light of more recent studies on how to deal with grief, what humanity needs are people who will identify with and support (come along side) those in grief because of some major tragedy they have experienced. To shun those who grieve (as the poem describes) is the norm and is inhuman (not mentioned in the poem but maybe implied) . Ella's experience on the train, when she came along side the grieving widow and comforted her, is what humanity needs so much more of. The poem itself depicts the way things are, the usual inhuman attitude towards others who are suffering- to run from those who grieve. Pity the poem didn't end with a verse describing what is needed, especially since the train experience, which stirred Ella to write the poem, also showed, through Ella's example, the need to support and come alongside those who grieve and suffer. (Report) Reply

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,234 Points Sharvani Patwari (3/27/2017 12:57:00 AM)

    Magnificent work. It is really a stark truth of life. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 11,273 Points Sylva-onyema Uba (2/6/2017 11:25:00 PM)

    Rejoice, and men will seek you.

    Nice words!
    Sylva (Report) Reply

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Poems About Solitude

  1. 1. Solitude , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  2. 2. Ode On Solitude , Alexander Pope
  3. 3. Fears In Solitude , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  4. 4. Solitude , George Gordon Byron
  5. 5. Winter Solitude , Matsuo Basho
  6. 6. To Solitude , John Keats
  7. 7. Solitude , Alexander Pope
  8. 8. Alastor: Or, The Spirit Of Solitude , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  9. 9. Solitude , Anna Akhmatova
  10. 10. Lucy Gray, Or Solitude , William Wordsworth
  11. 11. Hymn On Solitude , James Thomson
  12. 12. In Solitude , Sylvia Chidi
  13. 13. O Solitude! If I Must With Thee Dwell , John Keats
  14. 14. Solitude , Alan Alexander Milne
  15. 15. Solitude , Faiz Ahmed Faiz
  16. 16. In The Depths Of Solitude , Tupac Shakur
  17. 17. Wasteland Of Solitude , Faiz Ahmed Faiz
  18. 18. Solitude , Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
  19. 19. Solitude , Archibald Lampman
  20. 20. Solitude , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  21. 21. Winter-Solitude , Archibald Lampman
  22. 22. Evening's Solitude , Almedia Knight Oliver
  23. 23. Solitude , Harold Monro
  24. 24. The Solitude , Marieta Maglas
  25. 25. Solitude: An Ode , Alexander Pope
  26. 26. Solitude , Sir Henry Parkes
  27. 27. A Place Of Solitude , Ernestine Northover
  28. 28. Sonnet Vii. To Solitude , John Keats
  29. 29. Fragment: Thoughts Come And Go In Solitude , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  30. 30. Happy Solitude--Unhappy Men , William Cowper
  31. 31. Solitude - Acrostic Sonnet , Jonathan ROBIN
  32. 32. Basking In Solitude , Rachel Henley
  33. 33. Solitude , Rebecca Parker
  34. 34. Awakening Solitude , Ernestine Northover
  35. 35. Enjoying The Solitude , Lawrence S. Pertillar
  36. 36. Loneliness Or Solitude? , John Knight
  37. 37. One’s Solitude And Peace , Raj Arumugam
  38. 38. Joy Of Solitude , RIC S. BASTASA
  39. 39. The Solitude Of Man , RIC S. BASTASA
  40. 40. The Solitude , ramesh rai
  41. 41. Solitude I (Tanka) , Cynthia BuhainBaello
  42. 42. In My Own Chosen Solitude.... , RIC S. BASTASA
  43. 43. The Choir And Music Of Solitude And Sile.. , Delmore Schwartz
  44. 44. Sonnet: Solitude , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  45. 45. From Solitude , Sandra Osborne
  46. 46. Solitude , Theorem The Truth Serum
  47. 47. Solitude , Lisa Cresswell Wilkinson
  48. 48. Morning Solitude , Herbert Nehrlich
  49. 49. In Solitude , Faith Elizabeth Brigham
  50. 50. Solitude , Aram Stefanian
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