The purpose is to go from the subject at the top of the diamond to another totally different (and sometimes opposite) subject at the bottom. A seven line poem, shaped like a diamond.
The Diamante Poem was created about forty-nine years ago in 1969 by poet McClellan Tiedt. The Diamante poem takes its name from the Italian origin of the word diamond. The poem is formed with a noun on the 1st, 4th and 7th lines with the 1st and 7th lines using only one word. There are 2 words on the 2nd and 6th line of the Diamante poem, that use only adjectives within its description. And only verbs are used to describe the 3rd and 5th lines of the poem with the 4th line having only 4 words.
There are two types of Diamante poems. These include the Antonym Diamante poem which details differences about the subject of the poem. And the Synonym Diamante poem which details the same qualities about the subject of the poem. Within the Antonym Diamante poem, the 1st and 7th lines have nouns that have opposite meaning. And within the Synonym Diamante Poem, the 1st and 7th lines have nouns that have the same meaning.
Diamante Poem Example
Line 1: Winter = 1 NOUN-A
Line 2: Rainy, cold = 2 ADJECTIVES-A
Line 3: Skiing, skating, sledding = 3 GERUNDS-A (verb + -ing)
Line 4: Mountains, wind, breeze, ocean = 2 NOUNS-A + 2 NOUNS-B
Line 5: Swimming, surfing, scuba diving = 3 GERUNDS-B (verb + -ing)
Line 6: Sunny, hot = 2 ADJECTIVES-B
Line 7: Summer = 1 NOUN-B
exciting, daring, fascinating
kings, queens, monsters, giant skittels
raging, horrifying, terrifying
by Jessica H.