Friday, March 27, 2015

Poetry Friday -- PO-EMotions


This year, I will write a poem a day that either evokes an emotion, or uses an emotion word in the title or body of the poem. I will be cross-posting at Poetrepository. You are invited to play along whenever you have the time or inspiration! Leave your poems or links in the comments (on either site).

The Emotions

W    4/1  anticipation
Th   4/2  fear
F     4/3  surprise
Sa   4/4  anger
Su   4/5  disgust

M    4/6   sadness
T     4/7   acceptance
W    4/8   joy
Th   4/9   courage
F     4/10  dejection
Sa   4/11  despair
Su   4/12  aversion

M    4/13  hate
T     4/14  desire
W    4/15  hope
Th   4/16  love
F     4/17  sorrow
Sa   4/18  happiness
Su   4/19  interest

M    4/20  wonder
T     4/21  guilt
W    4/22  shame
Th   4/23  contempt
F     4/24  distress
Sa   4/25  cheerfulness
Su   4/26  zest

M   4/27  contentment
T    4/28  optimism
W  4/29   pride
Th 4/30   relief

The emotions came from this list.

The first 8 (April 1-8) are from the theorist Plutchik. I rearranged the order to describe how I'm likely to feel about this project early on.

The second 8 (April 9-16) are from the theorist Arnold. (His list overlaps Plutchik's with anger, fear, and sadness.) Hopefully, by bracketing dejection, despair, aversion and hate with courage on one end, and hope and love on the other, I'll make it through this eight days. (And, yes, I intentionally positioned hope on Tax Day.)

The next 4 (April 17-20) are from the theorist Frijda. (His list overlaps Plutchik's and Arnold's with desire and surprise.) We'll need his mostly hopeful list to make it through the next one.

Another 4 (April 21-24) are from the theorist Izard. (His list is overwhelmingly negative, overlapping the others with anger, disgust, fear, interest, joy, surprise, and shame.)

The last 6 (April 25-30) were chosen from Shaver, et al. (2001)'s list of secondary emotions for the primary emotion joy. After three weeks of emotional ups and downs, I decided to end on high notes. These words, like the first 8, likely describe how I'll be feeling at the end of this month and this project. Especially #30.

Jone has the Poetry Friday roundup today at Check it Out.


  1. Oh my goodness!!!! I WANT to do this! I am exhausted from the March slicing challenge, so I can't commit to doing this everyday in April...but maybe I will. LOVE this idea! Thank you!!!

  2. Mary Lee, my poemotion right now is "overwhelmed." But I'm going to look this over and and pick at least one per week, starting with fear and courage (since my principal told me yesterday that she wants to move me to 2nd grade. Ack). And also in honor of your courage to do this while you are doing a thousand other things.

  3. You always think up such interesting challenges! Happy Writing next month :)! (Just added this list of words post to my PM Roundup post.)

  4. Anonymous10:26 AM

    Cool list! I like the joyful emotions the best. ZEST!!!

  5. I love this idea. I'm considering it. Thanks!

  6. How cool that you found all those different lists of emotions to use! I liked hearing about why you placed them where you did. Good luck!

  7. This is fun! I am wondering if you feel in the moods of hte emotions each day as you mull poems over in your mind. I look forward to keeping up with reading you. :0 (That is an impressed face.)

  8. Very fun to keep up with the techy side, Mary Lee. I'll try to get by if I can-more working at school this year. Happy April!

  9. Sounds like a wonderful project. Can't wait to read your work.

  10. No one can accuse you of wilting in the face of a challenge, Mary Lee! You even make crazy ones for yourself. On to April! :0)

  11. Wow, what a list! I love this idea, but am feeling a bit overwhelmed with Poetry Month goodness at the moment. I hope to join you at least a bit. I will definitely be an appreciative spectator.

  12. Looking forward to reading all your po-emotions!

  13. Anonymous1:25 AM

    Sounds like fun, Mary Lee. Hope to join in now and then.

  14. Love this idea and that you have given us a list of emotions to help with our inspiration. I will do my best to join in. Thank you, Mary Lee!

  15. What a cool project, Mary Lee! I just read your April 1st poem...very nice :D

  16. Oh wow! What a great project and what a great list. I look forward to reading them.

  17. Mary Lee, commitment is a dangerous word for me right now. A tear in my rotator cuff has me on the slow road but I want to share some ideas with you as I did last March. Your first two posts on anticipation and fear are wonderful. Those two words seem to say a mouthful for me right now.


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