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Ella Wheeler Wilcox:"Solitude"

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Transcript of Ella Wheeler Wilcox:"Solitude"

Ella Wheeler Wilcox:"Solitude"
Autumn Puello

Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Born in Johnstown, Wisconsin on November 5, 1850.
Had 3 older siblings, and lived with both of her parents.
While finishing up high-school, her poetry was being published.
She briefly attended Wisconsin University, but found it to be a “waste of time”, and would’ve rather been enjoying life instead of learning math.
She wrote, as to please herself, and not for the monetary gains or fame.
Ella died on October 30, 1919 due to breast cancer.
Explication #1
Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone.
For the sad old earth must borrow it's 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.
Explication #2
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.
Explication #3
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.
Theme
There are two central themes represented in “Solitude”, which are the fact that people are isolated from the world when they grieve, and that that society can’t truly accept the fact that we all have our moments of pain. Throughout the poem, Wilcox repeatedly presents examples of times when society tends to look the other way during a person’s internal pain. When facing grief and sadness, we must do it so in solitude, for society doesn’t have the courage to face the grief, but only accept the joy in life. The poem shows you the brutal truth about society in general. You don’t want to constantly be faced with others’ problems or grief; instead you wish to be surrounded with joy and pleasure. We must be self-reliant in order to overcome life's obstacles.
Poetic Devices
Analysis
When you are happy and joyful, people will want to be around you. When you are depressed and mournful, nobody will be there for you. The world already has enough of its own problems, it cannot bear worrying about yours. People will only want you at your best, and never at your worst.
Analysis
If you are joyous, people will want to be with you. Once you become sad and miserable, they will leave you. Few people in our world will fully stand by you when you truly need them. None will decline your invitation to party, but you must grieve alone.When facing grief and sadness, we must do it so in solitude, for society doesn’t have the courage to face the grief, but only accept the joy in life.
Analysis
Enjoy life, and many will do so with you. If you grieve and shrink away from society, obviously no one will be with you. Only you can control what you do with your life, and you are held solely responsible for all your actions.
Sooner or later, your life isn’t going to be perfect anymore, and never will be. Everybody, regardless of their status, will go through pain and suffering, just in a matter of different forms.
"Solitude"
Laugh, and the world laughs with you.
Weep, and you weep alone.
For the sad old earth must borrow it's 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 large and lordly train,
But one by one we must all file on
Through the narrow aisles of pain.
Analysis
When you are happy and joyful, people will want to be around you. When you are depressed and mournful, nobody will be there for you. The world already has enough of its own problems, it cannot bear worrying about yours. People will only want you at your best, and never at your worst.
Poem: “Solitude” By Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Form: 3 Stanzas, 8 Lines
Rhyme Scheme: ABCBDEFE GHIHJKLK MNONPQRQ
Repetition: NONE
Imagery “Feast and your halls….” Line 17
“Room in the halls of pleasure…” Line 21
“Rejoice and men will seek you….”Line 9
“Narrow aisles of pain…”Line 24
Figurative Language:
Personification-
“World laughs with you” Line 1
“Sing, and the hills will answer” Line 5
"The echoes bound to a joyful sound” Line 7
“But shrink from voicing care(the echoes)” Line 8
Metaphor-
“Through the narrow aisles of pain” Line 24
Speaker/Characters: “The reader/speaker” “Earth/World” “Men/Friends”(Basically society)
Tone: Realistic, Every other of line is joyous, while the other is depressing.
Theme: You must learn to rely solely on yourself to achieve success in life.
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