Poetry Prompt: The Picture of Dorian Gray


This post is part of a series of weekly found poetry prompts. If you have an idea for a found poetry source, email Senior Poetry Editor Beth Ayer

This week, write an erasure poem using the following text from chapter 9 of The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (find the full text of this 1913 edition at Project Gutenberg). As always, please share your poems in the comments. As you will not be able to post images in the comments, feel free to post the text of your poem and/or a link to your blog if you create a visual erasure. Click the following text for a larger view.



Top image: public domain.


  • June 27, 2014

    Lewis Oakwood


    The silent marvel

    without mist or veil

    to reveal my secret

    exhibited its presence

    (creation is ever really art)

    the charm of being

    that one, that life –

    it is extraordinary,

    see it?

  • June 27, 2014

    Lewis Oakwood

    Exquisite – From line 7
    The silent marvel – Line 16
    Without mist or veil – Line 19
    To reveal my secret – Line 20
    Exhibited – Line 22
    Its presence – Line 25
    creation is ever really – Line 27
    Art – Line 28
    The charm of being – Line 36
    That one, that life – Line 37
    It is extraordinary – Line 38
    See it? – Line 38/39

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  • July 3, 2014

    Samuel B. Allam

    the visible incarnation
    an exquisite dream
    you were still present
    You would not have understood it
    I hardly understood it myself

    The colour
    The peril

    this strange confession
    strange idolatry

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  • July 3, 2014

    Hayden Westfield-Bell

    Three poems – images of all can be found at the link here: http://goo.gl/7BTUKs

    Two of the poems can be represented solely in text, but the last would take me an age to type out! Anyway, below you can find two of the three:

    It Conceals

    Memory haunts us
    and the world
    withut mist or veil.
    The passion one feels
    is abstract – that is all.
    It conceals. It cannot be shown.

    One Long Breath

    The wild leant over the woodland
    and the water worked
    at every flake and film
    in one long breath.