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Dreams as Inspiration

In 1996 psychiatrist, Ernest Hartmann wrote that dreams are explanatory metaphors in mostly visual form: “The dream pictures metaphorically the overall state – especially the emotional state – of the dreamer….‘I am drowning in a tidal wave’ is a metaphorical description for the emotional state of the dreamer involving terror and vulnerability.” Elements of our waking day can become woven into our dreams.

Dream writing Excercise: Dream images are already works of art, metaphors we vaguely understand, in this exercise select an image from a dream and write without overthinking it, about what you saw and felt, with no particular order – do this for 5 to 8 minutes. Read back, are you able to create a poem from your writing – yes you can!


Published by poetisatinta

I was born and live in rural North Wales (UK) and found poetry again after a lifetime, so grateful I did :)

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