Dolent is an obscure term, but nonetheless worth knowing. It’s related to multiple words, e.g., dolor, dolorous, dolorific and of course the pulchritudinous name Dolores, which all relate to sadness. That said…
Questions to Consider
- What causes you to feel dolent, and why?
- BIG QUESTION: The Moonlight Sonata (LISTEN) by Beethoven (check out this amazing clip!) was supposedly written when the great composer was feeling dolent. Do you think that great art such as this would be possible without sadness? If Beethoven was not himself dolent (much of the time) would he have written it? Why/why not?
- What would the world be like if we were to eliminate dolent feelings entirely? IF everyone were happy ALL THE TIME, would life be better or worse, and why?
College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards—Language Standard 6
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
Next Generation Anchor Standards—Language Standard 6
Acquire and accurately use general academic and content-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening; demonstrate independence in gathering and applying vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.