Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quotes (Author of Poems of Passion)
Mélodie Cyr: "Solitude" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Ella Wheeler Wilcox's "Solitude"
Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone. 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. Feast, and your halls are crowded; Fast, and the world goes by.
While the scheme remains the same the end sounds alternate as the poet saw fit. A reader should also take note of the repeating moments in which Wilcox makes use of internal rhymes. Through the next two stanza the speaker tries to make clear that one should do whatever possible to maintain a happy life surrounded by those who increase that happiness. Sadness will breed nothing but solitude. The poem concludes with the speaker adding that pain and death happen to everyone, but they will always be faced alone. Wilcox begins what came to be known as her most popular poem, with two very striking lines. Her speaker is making a pronouncement about how the world either accepts, or pushes away, human emotions.
Edna Pickett's sophomore English class, circa Ella Wheeler Wilcox's "Solitude" plays out in three riming eight-line stanzas. Please note: The spelling, "rhyme," was introduced into English by Dr. Samuel Johnson through an etymological error. For my explanation for using only the original form, please see " Rime vs Rhyme: An Unfortunate Error. Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
This poem also stated how many people choose to seek happiness through other people, rather than facing their problems alone as they know that they need to. In the first stanza Wilcox shows how you must face your problems instead of seeking happiness through others and to do so Wilcox uses comparison and metaphors to her advantage. The first stanza compares happiness and how the world will rejoice with you and sadness and how sometimes you must face these alone. The poet also uses a lot of personification to get her point across, for example how the poem says, "Sing, and the hills will answer. In the second stanza the poet uses different literary features to show a different aspect of her theme.
English: Portrait of Ella Wheeler Wilcox. Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone. 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.