This page will explain how to write a Diamante Poem. The Diamante was created by poet Iris Tiedt in 1969, when I was 14 years old (and already starting to write poetry of my own). It is named for the diamond in that it looks diamond-shaped on the page because of its construction. The diamante is written (and shaped) as follows:
LINE 1 ~ 1 Noun
LINE 2 ~ 2 Adjectives
LINE 3 ~ 3 Verbs (ending with “ing”)
LINE 4 ~ 4 Nouns
LINE 5 ~ 3 Verbs (ending with “ing”)
LINE 6 ~ 2 Adjectives
LINE 7 ~ 1 Noun
There are Synonym Diamantes and Antonym Diamantes. The Synonym Diamante poem describe one person, place, or thing using a synonym for each at the start and end of the poem. The Antonym Diamante describes two opposite things (person-place-thing), by transitioning during the poem from one Antonym (opposite) to the other. Here are examples of each to help you learn how to write a Diamante Poem of your own.
vrooming rushing turning
seat dashboard headlights accelerator
moving riding driving
The first synonym diamante poem was about an automobile. A synonym for automobile is the word car. An automobile and a car are one and the same. The second synonym diamante poem is about house pets, specifically about dogs and cats. They are similar, but not identical. Notice the shift from the description of cats to dogs as we approach line #4 with the four nouns. After these four nouns, which can apply to either cat or dog, the descriptions, or words, are all about the dog.
grooming resting mewing
whiskers fur tail paws
romping sleeping playing eating
The following two diamante poems are written about antonyms, or opposite topics. Once again, take note of how the tone of the poem changes in line four, the line that contains four nouns. After the shift from City to Country (and from Diamante to Couplet in the second poem), the rest of the poem is about the second topic.
bustling rushing honking
offices building farmland tractors
grazing growing harvesting
alluring captivating spreading
shortness ordered rhythm rhyme
rhyming dancing bouncing
Now that you know the secret for creating a Diamante poem,
try your hand at writing one for yourself. Choose a topic and think of synonyms
and antonyms for your topic. In other words, think of another topic that is
either similar or opposite to your original topic. Brainstorm the words that go
with your two topics, making sure that you are collecting nouns, adjectives,
and verbs that end in “ing.” Put them all together and I guarantee that you
will write a satisfying Diamante poem!
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