If you need a poetic way to say "sorrow," use the word dolor. Your sad-eyed dog might express a great deal of dolor when you leave him alone for the day.

You can use dolor to talk about heartache or sadness, like the dolor of guests at a funeral or a winter sky's gray dolor as the days get shorter. No matter how you use the noun dolor, it's going to have a poetic sound to it. It's more common to come across the adjective dolorous, or "full of sorrow." In Latin, dolor means "pain or grief."

Definitions of dolor
  1. noun
    (poetry) painful grief
    synonyms: dolour
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    type of:
    brokenheartedness, grief, heartache, heartbreak
    intense sorrow caused by loss of a loved one (especially by death)
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