Faces of Emotion – Writing 201: Poetry (Day 6 – faces, found poetry, chiasmas)

First of all let me explain this poem before you read it, or it really won’t make any sense at all. Here is the assignment I was given for today:

  • Write a poem about the word “face.”
  • Include “found poetry” – Found poetry is composed of words and letters that are collected from various places. They can be random or organized, and found in any source which contains words.
  • Use a “chiasmus” device – A chiasmus device is a repeated reversal of words.

I decided to use faces of emotion as my topic and found my words in an emotion thesaurus. I chose twelve different emotions and wrote those down. Then I went back and looked up each emotion and found the pages dedicated to those emotions. I searched for words alphabetically on each page until I ran out of words. Here is my finished result.

Faces of Emotion

Faces of Hopefulness
a bright clutching deep eye
forth goal hope in judges
keeping looking make
Hopefulness of Faces

Faces of Determination
a being curt deeply
exhaling focus gathering
heartbeat in jaw
Determination of Faces

Faces of Curiosity
a body chair demeanor
experiment fidgeting glance
hair interested
Curiosity of Faces

Faces of Love
affection beaming cheeks deep endearment
fiddling grabbing holding interests jolt keys
love make needs other personโ€™s
Love of Faces

Faces of Amazement
astonishment becoming covering
disbelieving event fingers
giddiness heartbeat if jerky
Amazement of Faces

Faces of Nostalgia
a brightening closing
dulled experiencing felt
go having it
Nostalgia of Faces

Faces of Nervousness
and being clumsiness
down eye fingernails
goes heart irrational
Nervousness of Faces

Faces of Conflicted
a blinking contact direction
enthusiasm feelings guard
hand items joke keep
Conflicted of Faces

Faces of Reluctance
aversion back curling
distance eyes from
get hints of joking
Reluctance of Faces

Faces of Overwhelmed
a balance cry drunken
eyes forming glassy
hands inappropriate
Overwhelmed of Faces

Faces of Defensiveness
attack back crossing
darting eye fluidity
grows hot intense
Defensiveness of Faces

Faces of Hurt
aggrieved brows chin
draining eyes form
grimace hardening in
Hurt of Faces

~M

23 responses to “Faces of Emotion – Writing 201: Poetry (Day 6 – faces, found poetry, chiasmas)

  1. Michelle, looks like you aced the assignment. Clever use of chiasmus. I’m not sure I can do this – surely, I can come up with a four line effort! I’m thinking, still brewing, brewing still? Um,huh.

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  2. This was incredibly hard! I am still not happy with it, but what else is there? I guess the only thing that I loved about this, is that it didn’t have to make sense. ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s a freeing feeling for sure! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. This was amazing! Your use of chiasmus was impressive to me – great turn of words!

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  4. This is so great! So that’s how you’re supposed to use chiasmus! lol Very expressive, and an enjoyable read ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Fantastic Michelle!
    Great work, you talented girl!

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  6. My goodness, you said a mouthful!! Great job, Michelle. I’m leaving the hard stuff to you ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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  7. I didn’t even try it. Not in the mood and too much work LOL! I give you points for trying it.

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  8. Oh wow. You are deep and full of meaning, Michelle. Nice one! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. Thanks Clarissa, I hope I never have to write another poem like this one ever again! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  10. Thanks Henry, this was not my cup of tea. However, at least it’s done and I learned another form of poetry which I hadn’t known about before this assignment. Have a great day!

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  11. I know… after choosing 12 emotions, I almost cut some of them out. Then I figured, what the heck… I already wrote them down and did the work of finding the words, I may as well just leave them! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. Thanks Tessa, it was an adventure for sure! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. Thank you, I guess with this particular poem, I didn’t have much choice in the matter.

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  14. Poetry should never be that much work! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  15. Wow. That looks so hard! You are brave for even trying it. A great job. It was interesting how the form took hold and the word order added a layered sense of meaning. Again, wow!

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  16. Lol! I guess when you write this type of poetry, you just have to think of it as one giant puzzle. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  17. I know… I read through each one quite a few times and it was interesting to see how the words came together. Still for me, this was really hard because I am all about structure and organization and even though this has some of that, it just doesn’t feel right to me. It’s like cleaning something and having that one smudge that just won’t clean away. I hate that feeling!

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  18. Funny that in your description of the rules it seems overly structured to me, but twisted around. The strange wording made the brain shift dramatically to an intuitive view invoking a snapshot of feeling. You’re right – the more I read it, the more it comes together. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  19. great idea, I like the chiasmus ๐Ÿ™‚

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  20. Thank you Alexander! ๐Ÿ™‚

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