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The Coquette
Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919)

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Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
1850-1919


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NOTES:
Ella Wheeler Wilcox was a very popular poet of her day.  The poet laureate of the Temperance Movement, her first book of poetry (as Ella Wheeler, before her marriage) was published by The National Temperance Movement and Publication House.  Four of these poems are posted here*.

Very much a traditionalist in many ways, Mrs. Wilcox (she would have deplored the "Ms" designation) is said to have mellowed in her later years - like a fine wine!  Indeed, her prowess as a poet should not be judged by her "temperance poetry", which were written in her early 20's.  Her most well-known poem today is "Solitude" (see link below).

The Coquette
Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919), American poet              
reading of Wilcox's The Coquette

Alone she sat with her accusing heart,
That, like a restless comrade, frightened sleep,
And every thought that found her left a dart
That hurt her so, she could not even weep.

Her heart that once had been a cup well filled
With love’s red wine, save for some drops of gall,
She knew was empty; though it had not spilled
Its sweets for one, but wasted them on all.

She stood upon the grave of her dead truth,
And saw her soul’s bright armor red with rust,
And knew that all the riches of her youth
Were Dead Sea apples, crumbling into dust.

Love that had turned to bitter, biting scorn,
Hearthstones despoiled, and homes made
desolate,
Made her cry out that she was ever born
To loathe her beauty and to curse her fate.


from Poems Of Passion (1883)


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