"The Winds of Fate" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

One ship drives east and another drives west,
With the self-same winds that blow,
’Tis the set of the sails
And not the gales
That tell them the way to go.

Like the winds of the sea are the winds of fate,
As we voyage along through life,
’Tis the set of the soul
That decides its goal
And not the calm or the strife.

Poems of Optimism (1913) | Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850–1919)

  • Copy the poem on Drawing and Writing Paper.
  • Illustrate your copy.
  • What is the thought behind the poem?
  • Memorize the poem to recite later.
  • Two things are compared. Make a compare / contrast chart to list the similarities and differences between the two stanzas.
  • Create your own poem with two stanzas that compare two things in a similar way as Wilcox does in this poem.
  • Create an author page for Wilcox.

Additional Resources

Drawing & Writing Notebooking Paper {Free Download}
For copying the poem.

Resources for memorizing the poem.

Author Notebooking Paper
Create an author page for Ella Wheeler Wilcox.

Online Poetry Anthology
Online Poetry Anthology

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