For Theology of Missions and the Ministry, Church and Society courses

Diamante (or diamond) 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 English word "diamond").

This seven-line type of poetry was developed in 1969 by American poet Iris Tiedt. It forces you to do descriptive writing about two opposing 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 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:

Here is one way of visualizing it:

Adjective, Adjective
Verb, Verb, Verb
Noun, Noun, Noun, Noun
Verb, Verb, Verb
Adjective, Adjective

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

pious, hateful
hunting, arresting, persecuting
opponent, blind, converted, disciple
seeking, freeing, saving
humble, compassionate
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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