Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919)

© Photographed April 18, 2015 and May 14, 2017
Erected 1982 by Dane County Historical Society
Waunakee, Dane County, Wisconsin
"Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone"
Wisconsin's most famous poet, who penned these lines, grew up on a Town of Westport farm located on the south side of Easy Street east of County I. She attended a one-room country school a half-mile east of that intersection. From 1917 to 1962, an elementary school at that site was named in her honor.

Two of Ella's essays appeared in the New York Mercury when she was only fourteen. Her prolific pen produced forty books, numerous magazine articles and a nationally syndicated advice column. She became a world traveler, patroness of aspiring young writers and internationally acclaimed celebrity.

Her poetry had a sentimental appeal that touched millions of hearts. She loved people and they loved her. No other Wisconsin poet has commanded such a large audience.
The marker is located adjacent to an open field on eastbound Easy Street, about a half-mile east of its intersection with County Road I, at or near 5202 Easy Street, Waunakee, Wisconsin 53597.

Wikipedia: Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Project Gutenberg EBook of Three Women, by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
My love is young, so young;
Young is her cheek, and her throat,
And life is a song to be sung
With love the word for each note.
Young is her cheek and her throat;
Her eyes have the smile o' May.
And love is the word for each note
In the song of my life to-day.
Her eyes have the smile o' May;
Her heart is the heart of a dove,
And the song of my life to-day
Is love, beautiful love.
Her heart is the heart of a dove,
Ah, would it but fly to my breast
Where lone, beautiful love,
Has made it a downy nest.
Ah, would she but fly to my breast,
My love who is young, so young;
I have made her a downy nest
And life is a song to be sung.
This marker is No. 20 in the Dane County Historical Society Markers Series.

Portrait of Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
Frontispiece from her book of poems "Three Women", published 1897.
This image comes from the Project Gutenberg archives and is in the public domain.

Photograph of American writer Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919), with copy of signature.
From her book New Thought, Common Sense, and What Life Means to Me.
Chicago: W. B. Conkey Company, 1908.
This media file is in the public domain.

 My perpetually patient pup, Dexter . . .

The marker is located in Waunakee, Wisconsin.

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