This assignment may be done alone or in pairs or in small groups.
Write a "diamond" poem that relates to a specific issue or topic discussed in class. It's called a diamond poem because the finished product is shaped like a diamond. Actually, this type of poem is more often called a diamante poem ("diamante" being the Italian word for the English word "diamond").
This seven-line type of poetry that does not rhyme was developed in 1969 by American poet Iris Tiedt. It forces you to do descriptive writing about two opposing or contrasting words. Composing a diamond poem can be an engaging word study exercise.
For a diamond poem to make the unique diamond shape, use just seven lines in which the beginning and the final lines contain just one word (usually opposites or antonyms). The middle line should be the longest line. The words used to form the resulting diamond pattern amplify the meaning of two contrasting words.
The most common way to start writing a diamond poem is to choose two noun of opposite meaning such as "ice" and "fire" or "heaven" and "hell." Then, fill in the middle 5 lines with progressively longer and then shorter lines. When completed, your diamond-shaped poem should express the contrast between two ideas or themes about which you are writing the poem.
Here is the formula or format for a diamond (or diamante) poem:
Here is another way of visualizing it:
Verb, Verb, Verb
Noun, Noun, Noun, Noun
Verb, Verb, Verb
Crying, wailing, searching
Cold, empty, full, warm
Hearing, believing, finding
written by Kim Jayne and Rodger Rushing
Sinning, lying, cheating
Doubtful, Uncertain, Certain, Confident
Accepting, Worshiping, Giving
written by Jaci Bounds, Tim Reiswig and Justin Waldron
hunting, arresting, persecuting
opponent, blind, converted, disciple
seeking, freeing, saving
written by Robby Seal
As you can see, the formula is: Top line: one-word topic, second line: Two adjectives, third line: Three "ing" verbs, fourth line: Two words looking backward and two forward, fifth line: Three "ing" verbs, sixth line: Two adjectives and final line: A word opposite of original topic
-- Howard Culbertson
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