Murky froth of azure
Capped by milk white spittle
A lone gull hangs from a cloud
On the sand
& swimming in pollution
I remember when
The only thing to fear in water
Was the unknown
Knowing what to fear
Strips away the joy
& I sit with my toes dipped in sand
This poem never once mentions the word beach, yet it amply describes a day at the beach with phrases like toes in the sand and the only thing to fear in water. It describes whitecaps of breaking waves and a sea gull hanging in the Ocean breeze, it discusses the unknown of the water, telling you that it is likely an ocean beach. Of course there is a deeper motive, that water is polluted and full of the unknown, which alliterates the ocean itself. The poem is simply an idea of projection that illustrates another thing. Let's take the topic dream, which is of course not a concrete thing, but a thing nonetheless. How can the amplification method be applied to an abstract thought such as a dream. The beauty of the amplification method is that it can be applied to anything as it is merely the ability to describe something. It is a matter of portraying an object, emotion, occurrence, or event.
head smack pillow,
assaulted by intangible fatigue
while melting snippets of day
morphs into all too tired sleep
dead eyes scanning images
of daytime happenings
as the mind doodles pictures
inside closed eyelids,
the bogeyman went away years ago
replaced by bills and work
and marriage and CNN,
escape no longer a possibility,
maybe I'm not too tired to sleep,
just too scared.
Again, this poem never mentions dream or nightmare, but alludes to it with words like melting snippets of day, dead eyes scanning images, and mind doodles pictures inside closed eyelids. Poetry in most forms are wonderful jaunts of free form association, so in effect, poetry is generally an exercise of amplification theory. Poetry is not the only example, but as you can see it is an easy one to illustrate with.
Besides, poetry perfectly illustrates the art of dream amplification.