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.”
purring climbing playing
curious endearing sharp agile
stalking hunting killing
(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.