Used in Ministry, Church and Society classes as well as Theology of Missions

Diamond (or diamante) poem instructions

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 gem called a diamond in English).

For a diamond poem to make its unique shape, it must have seven lines in which both the beginning line and the final line contain just one word (often opposites or antonyms). The middle line should be the longest. 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 opposite words. Then, the middle 5 lines are filled in as described in the preceding paragraph. When completed, your poem should express a sharp contrast between two ideas or themes relating to theology of missions (or for whatever course you are writing the poem).

Poem formula

Here is the formula for a diamond (or diamante) poem:

Three Examples:

Blind, lost
Crying, wailing, searching
Cold, empty, full, warm
Hearing, believing, finding
Sight, found

written by Kim Jayne and Rodger Rushing

Confused, Scared
Sinning, lying, cheating
Doubtful, Uncertain, Certain, Confident
Accepting, Worshiping, Giving
Joyful, Compassionate

written by Jaci Bounds, Tim Reiswig and Justin Waldron
Two adjectives
Three "ing" verbs
2 words looking backward; 2 forward
Three "ing" verbs
Two adjectives
Opposite of original topic

pious, hateful
hunting, arresting, persecuting
opponent, blind, converted, disciple
seeking, freeing, saving
humble, compassionate
written by Robby Seal

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SNU missions course materials and syllabi

Cultural Anthropology    Introduction to Missions    Linguistics    Missions Strategies    Modern Missionary Movement (History of  Missions)    Nazarene Missions    Church Growth and Christian Missions    Theology of Missions    Traditional Religions    World Religions
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