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The Diamante or Diamond Poem

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Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry

Invented Forms

 

The Diamante or Diamond Poem is a contrast verse form commonly taught in middlegrade classrooms, it can also be found all over the internet in poetry communities such as Shadow Poetry and Poetry Base. It uses the parts of speech as a foundation and in that regard is similar to the Recipe Poem. For the more seasoned poet it can serve as a starting point to inspire other works.

 

The verse is written from the outside in. The first and last lines are nouns that are opposites or antonyms. The interior of the poem expands on the two nouns and at the center joins them in shared likeness.

 

The Diamante or Diamond Poem is:

  • a heptastich, (7 lines).
  • often a shape poem, the poem when centered on the page creates the outline of a diamond.
  • unmetered. The measure of the line is the words used.

    L1 - a noun which is the opposite of the noun used in L7

    L2 - 2 adjectives that describe L1

    L3 - 3 verbs (present participle) that describe what L1 does

    L4 - 4 nouns that are related to both L1 and L7 or nouns that both have in common

    L5 - 3 verbs (present participle) that describe what L7 does

    L6 - 2 adjectives that describe L7

    L7 - a noun which is the opposite (antonym) of the noun used in L1

     

    elements

    brook

    clear, cool

    traveling, bubbling, cleansing

    earth, sky, wind, nature

    weighing, resisting, unmoving

    ancient, hard

    stone

    --jvg

    Fire and Ice

     

    Hot

    fiery, red

    burns, scalds, hurts

    men, women, lovers, friends

    shudder, shiver, shake

    silent, alone

    cold.

    ---Tony Veenpere

     

     

    Instant Poetry Forms for Kids

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