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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 elements of the Diamante or Diamond Poem are: 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, cosmos, biosphere, 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