If the word diamante reminds you of the word diamond, that's because this
form of poetry is diamond-shaped. It's written using a pattern rather than
rhyme and rhythm. It doesn't need a title, because the first line–one word–
acts as the title. The seven lines are arranged following this pattern:
Line 1 - one word topic (line 7 will be an antonym for this word)
Line 2 - 2 adjectives that describe the topic
Line 3 - 3 verbs describing the action of the topic
Line 4 - 2 words relating to the topic in line 1; 2 words relating to the topic word in
Line 5 - 3 verbs describing the actions of the word in line 7
Line 6 - 2 adjectives describing the word in line 7
Line 7 - antonym for word in line 1 (opposite)
Need a simple way to remember the pattern? If you can remember that
the pattern of words goes like this, 1–2–3–4–3–2–1, you may write the poem
without counting the lines! Just remember that the “4” is really two sets of
two words on the same line. The first two words address the first topic word,
and the last two address the last topic word. It's an abrupt change midway
through the poem!
Let's study an example before we start creating our own diamonds.
2 Luscious, Crimson
3 Swelling, Tempting, Nourishing
4 Desirable Apple, Distasteful Apple
5 Shrinking, Stinking, Decaying
6 Moldy, Brown
The first draft of this poem was lopsided. Line 5 was longer than the
middle line, because I used the word “decomposing.” To make a shapelier
poem, I had to find a shorter word. A thesaurus is a great tool for finding
better words to fit your pattern. I used mine to find the word “decaying”
To continue the lesson, we'll create a diamante poem together. Let's turn a
kitten into a lion!
(Choose two adjectives that describe kittens)
Playing, Sleeping, (one more action word about kittens)
Housepet, (choose another word relating to kittens), predator, (another lion word)
Stalking, crouching, pouncing
Fierce, (one more adjective)
Now that you've chosen your words, rewrite the complete diamante
below. If it doesn't look as much like a diamond as it ought, feel free to
change any of the words for a better fit.
For your next one the topic word is “student.” This poem will be about the
person you know best–you! The antonym will be your future self and what
you hope to be some day.
Line 1:Write the topic word.
Line 2: List two words describing your personality.
Line 3:List three verbs relating to your favorite activities. Choose fun
Line 4:List two words related to school, followed by two words about
Line 5:List three verbs relating to adult activities. What do you imagine
Line 6:List two adjectives about your adult personality.
Line 7:Write the noun that presents your adult job or pastime.
Next you should check the shape of your diamante. If the shape isn't
obviously a diamond, change some words to improve the poem's shape.
Decorate the page with graphics, stickers, or your own artwork. If you have
a scrapbook, diary, or journal, add this poem to it!
Wrapping up this lesson, write one last diamante. The topic is your
choice. If you need help coming up with ideas, you might try writing from
dreams to nightmares, dad to mom, sun to moon, youth to age, work to play,
or good to evil. Have fun exploring your creativity!
What would I draw to represent my poem