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Diamante

Type:  

Structure, Other Requirement, Word Poem

 
Description: 

Diamond-shaped pattern done in seven lines with two nouns which are antonyms. First and seventh line are the antonyms, second and sixth are two adjectives describing their respective nouns, third and fifth are three "ing" words (present participles) describing each antonym, on the fourth line are two nouns describing each antonym. It is usually centered on the page.

 
Attributed to: 

Iris Tiedt

 
Origin: 

American

 
Schematic: 
Noun
Adjective, Adjective
Present Participle, Present Participle, Present Participle
Related Noun, Related Noun, Related Noun2, Related Noun2
Present Participle2, Present Participle2, Present Participle2
Adjective2, Adjective2
Noun2 (Antonym)
 
Strengths: 

This form is very good for presenting unusual contrasts.

 
Weaknesses: 

The poet must understand the parts of speech. That sounds like something that any poet would know, but poets are human and not all up to snuff on these things.

 
Starting Point: 

The two antonyms and the direction of movement from one to the other is the key to this poem. It is best to try to find antonyms that are not too clichéed. Instead of Man/Woman, one might try Work/Poetry or Ignorance/Research.

 
Rhythm/Stanza Length: 

7

 
Line/Poem Length: 

7

 
Examples: 

 
See Also:  

Faceted Diamond, Sept, Septet, Septet II, Word List

 
Status: 

Complete

 

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