Friday, October 4, 2013

POETRY FRIDAY: Diamante Poetry

Thanks to Doraine at Dori Reads for hosting Poetry Friday today!
 
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Diamante poetry is a relatively new poetic format that was developed by American poet Iris McClellan Tiedt in 1969. It has become a favorite with kids and teachers over the last few decades, and is called “diamante poetry” because it is written in the shape of a diamond.      

A diamante poem has seven lines, follows a specific formula, and does not have to rhyme. There are two main types of diamante poems, the synonym diamante and the antonym diamante, which I have shown below.
Synonym Diamante Poems
1 word: NOUN
2 words: ADJECTIVE, ADJECTIVE
3 words: VERB, VERB, VERB
4 words: NOUN, NOUN, NOUN, NOUN
3 words: VERB, VERB, VERB
2 words: ADJECTIVE, ADJECTIVE
1 word: another NOUN that renames the first noun in the poem

 
Autumn
Cool, windy
Playing, learning, laughing
Pumpkins, hayrides, bonfires, apples
Shivering, trick-or-treating, snuggling
Spooky, fun
Fall

 

Antonym Diamante Poems
1 word: NOUN #1
2 words: ADJECTIVE, ADJECTIVE (describing NOUN #1)
3 words: VERB, VERB, VERB (related to NOUN #1)
4 words: NOUN, NOUN (related to NOUN #1)/NOUN, NOUN (related to NOUN #2)
3 words: VERB, VERB, VERB (related to NOUN #2)
2 words: ADJECTIVE, ADJECTIVE (describing NOUN #2)
1 word: NOUN #2—the opposite of the first noun in the poem


Mountain
Tall, majestic
Climbing, working, achieving
Summit, peak, gorge, vale
Descending, lowering, cradling
Peaceful, safe
Valley

Take a few minutes today to write your own diamante poem, and please feel free to share in the comments below! Happy writing!

4 comments:

  1. Love your diamantes, Becky! I've never tried this form. Thanks for the explanations of the different types of diamantes!

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  2. I remember doing these in school! It was always a favorite form because of the shape and structure. Your seasonal poem is just right -- I wish it were cooler here in MS!

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  3. I can see how these would be a popular form for writing in school. I enjoyed reading yours.

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