Thursday, January 1, 2015

Ella Wheeler Wilcox Poem Rings in The Year in Rhyme


What can be said in New Year rhymes,
That’s not been said a thousand times?

The new years come, the old years go,
We know we dream, we dream we know.

We rise up laughing with the light,
We lie down weeping with the night.

We hug the world until it stings,
We curse it then and sigh for wings.

We live, we love, we woo, we wed,
We wreathe our brides, we sheet our dead.

We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,
And that’s the burden of the year.


— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


The poems of Ella Wheeler Wilcox are simple, rhyming poetry that are polarizing in some literary circles. Her poems were not included in The Oxford Book of American Verse (1950), but fourteen of her poems were selected in, Best Loved Poems of the American People (1936). The Year was first published in 1910, a year that saw her publish four volumes of poetry! It is one of several poems and ideas of the New Year that Wilcox meditated on.