April 21, 2016: Poetry Writing Prompt – Clint Hirschfield

Write a transposition poem using any poem from one of your favorite writers, the voice of the poem usually turns out to mirror the original.

Transposing Poe:

A Dream: Edgar Allan Poe

In visions of the dark night
I have dreamed of joy departed-
But a waking dream of life and light
Hath left me broken hearted.
Ah what is not a dream by day
To him whose eyes are cast
On things around him with a ray
Turned back upon the past?
That holy dream-that holy dream,
Whole all the world were chiding,
Hath cheered me as a lovely beam
A lonely spirit guiding.
What though that light, thro’ storm and night,
So trembled from afar-
What could there be more purely bright
In truth’s day-star?

A DREAM: Clint Hirschfield

Broken-hearted
A ray of light on dark of night, a dream
of life
To hath those whose eyes are chiding
cast around on him
Left that a truth’s holy dream guiding me
Thro’ storm and night
In visions with joy things departed there
Lovely beam as light and him from afar
I have dreamed upon the past world while
All were but waking
What trembled could be a star
What day is not, turned back by what dream
So the dream cheered in that though more
Purely bright


This poetry writing prompt submitted by Clint Hirschfield.

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