Definition of Diamante Poetry

Diamante poetry written in seven lines to form a diamond shape, with precise rules for the types of words that go on each line.

Follow the steps below to create your own diamante poem.

  • Start the first line with a single word that is a noun or subject. For example, line one is “cat.”
  • Pick an antonym/synonym for your noun in line 1 of your poem. That word becomes the last line of your poem. In this case, the last line is “feline.” You will need to settle on the last line of your diamante poem going further.
  • Use two adjectives for line 2 of your diamante poem, that describe the noun in line one. Our example is “sleek, soft.”
  • Select three words ending with “-ing” for line 3 of the diamante poem. These words illustrate the noun from line 1. Line 3 of the example poem is “purring – climbing – playing.”
  • Write line 4 of your diamante poem using four words. The first two words describe the noun in line 1 of your poem and the last two words describe the synonym used in the last line of your poem. For our example, line 4 reads “curious – endearing – sharp – agile
  • Produce three words ending in “-ing” for line 5 of your diamante poem that illustrate the synonym you used in line 7. Line 5 of the sample poem is “stalking – hunting – killing.”
  • To create line 6 of your poem, use 2 adjectives to illustrate the synonym from line 7 . For our example, line 6  reads “noble – superior.”

cat

sleek soft

purring climbing playing

curious endearing sharp agile

stalking hunting killing

noble superior

feline

(C) Jo Bryant March 2011

 

Line 4 – the first 2 words refer to the cat, the second two words refer to the feline.

 

Good luck with creating your own diamante poem. I hope you have as much fun as I did.

 

 

 

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Author: Jo Bryant

I was born in the land of Banjo Paterson, gum trees, and weather extremes. I am a freelance writer. I live in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, but still like to claim my Australian heritage. I graduated with a Bachelor of Communications in 2008. I am writing my first novel. I love to write poetry, short stories, and also write for the web. And there is nothing that is on a par with a sunny summer's day spent at Waihi Beach.

6 thoughts on “Definition of Diamante Poetry”

  1. Hey, did you create this style or just its step by steps?
    Technical author or tech writer speak here: “Replicate step three to create line 6 “.
    Jo, as your steps aren’t numbered. Therefore either number them, which I do NOT think you should do for clarity purposes.
    Or, edit that line in another manner.
    Overall nice job my friend. Are you teaching me about writing poetry or what? And it’s definitely NOT “or what”…LOL. THANKS 😀

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      1. Second comment below belongs up here. Don’t know how it got patched in below %}
        BTW, tried to see the poll results. Odd, it’s written that I’ve already voted but the percentage indicators all read zero???

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