Walking by Inner Vision Journal – Writing Assignment #15
Introducing: The Diamante Poem
(The Diamond Poem) In Italian, the word “Diamante” means “diamond.”
The unique 7-Line STRUCTURE of the Diamante poem will give it the appearances of a diamond shape.
I like this form so much for it is a work of art created from words and line structure. I give my poem a modernist flair by eliminating punctuation or rhyme. My preference is for a clean look and I allow my readers to create meaning as they read the poem because I am not giving directions for reading it via punctuation or rhyme. Therefore, we are co-creators in the process of the poem and it’s reading. This notion is very exciting to me!
If you choose similar nouns for lines 1 and 7 it will be a SYNONYM Diamante Poem.
If you choose opposing Nouns for lines 1 and 7 it will be an ANTONYM Diamante Poem.
(My example is an antonym poem – my subjects are “Flower” and “vines.” As you move through the 7 lines of my Diamante poem, you will see that it moves from summer (flower) to winter (leaves).
Here is the PATTERN for the Diamante Poem
Line 1: One Noun (your subject is introduced in Line 1)
Line 2: Two DESCRIBING words (Adjectives) about Line 1
Line 3: Three DOING words (Verbs) about Line 1
Line 4: A short phrase about Line 1 AND a short phrase about Line 7
Line 5: Three DOING words (verbs) about Line 7
Line 6: Two DESCRIBING words (Adjectives) about Line 7
Line 7: One Noun (this is the final subject of the poem)
As instructed in Writing Assignment #14, you will use your short essay to write this poem. Refer back to Writing Assignment #14 to gather your images and information for this poem. I will use the short essay I published in the last article to create my sample poem for you!
by Lynda McKinney Lambert
grow bloom flourish
pachysandra gifts dead to the world
shrivel wither sleep
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