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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 - 11,276 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. In The Depths Of Solitude , Tupac Shakur
  5. 5. Alastor: Or, The Spirit Of Solitude , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  6. 6. To Solitude , John Keats
  7. 7. Lucy Gray, Or Solitude , William Wordsworth
  8. 8. Winter Solitude , Matsuo Basho
  9. 9. A Place Of Solitude , Ernestine Northover
  10. 10. O Solitude! If I Must With Thee Dwell , John Keats
  11. 11. Solitude , Anna Akhmatova
  12. 12. Solitude , Alexander Pope
  13. 13. Solitude , George Gordon Byron
  14. 14. Solitude: An Ode , Alexander Pope
  15. 15. Solitude , Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
  16. 16. In Solitude , Sylvia Chidi
  17. 17. The Choir And Music Of Solitude And Sile.. , Delmore Schwartz
  18. 18. Hymn On Solitude , James Thomson
  19. 19. Wasteland Of Solitude , Faiz Ahmed Faiz
  20. 20. Solitude , Faiz Ahmed Faiz
  21. 21. Solitude , Rebecca Parker
  22. 22. Sonnet Vii. To Solitude , John Keats
  23. 23. Evening's Solitude , Almedia Knight Oliver
  24. 24. Winter-Solitude , Archibald Lampman
  25. 25. Solitude , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  26. 26. The Solitude , Marieta Maglas
  27. 27. Fragment: Thoughts Come And Go In Solitude , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  28. 28. Solitude , Harold Monro
  29. 29. Solitude , Archibald Lampman
  30. 30. Solitude , Sir Henry Parkes
  31. 31. - Solitude - , Kay Barcelon
  32. 32. Solitude , Dr. Antony Theodore
  33. 33. Solitude And Silence , Juge Sopczak
  34. 34. An End To Solitude , Hasmukh Amathalal
  35. 35. Happy Solitude--Unhappy Men , William Cowper
  36. 36. Solitude , Swatimalya Chattopadhyay
  37. 37. Solitude , Julia Klimenova
  38. 38. (112) Solitude , premji premji
  39. 39. ***solitude I &Ii* , Frank Lisa IndiRa Francesca ..
  40. 40. 0007 Rilke On Solitude , Michael Shepherd
  41. 41. La Solitude De St. Amant /La Solitude A .. , Katherine Philips
  42. 42. # 86 Haiku Snow Bound Solitude , A Poet Who Loves To Sing ... ..
  43. 43. A New Hymn For Solitude , Edward Dowden
  44. 44. Solitude , James Lister Cuthbertson
  45. 45. *heart Solitude* , Dwi utami
  46. 46. Solitude, Singing , Rani Turton
  47. 47. Loneliness Or Solitude? , John Knight
  48. 48. * In Solitude , Deva De Silva
  49. 49. Solitude At An Inn , Thomas Warton Jr.
  50. 50. Gratitude In Solitude , Ahmad Shiddiqi
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