Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A Diamante

A Diamante is a seven-lined contrast poem set up in a diamond shape.  The first line begins with a 
noun/subject, and second line contains two adjectives that describe the beginning noun.  The third line 
contains three words ending in -ing relating to the noun/subject.  The forth line contains two words that 
describe the noun/subject and two that describe the closing synonym/antonym.  If using an antonym for 
the ending, this is where the shift should occur.  In the fifth line are three more -ing words describing 
the ending antonym/synonym, and the sixth are two more adjectives describing the ending 
antonym/synonym.  The last line ends with the first noun's antonym or synonym.
To make it a bit simpler, here is a diagram.
Line 1: Noun or subject
Line 2: Two Adjectives describing the first noun/subject
Line 3: Three -ing words describing the first noun/subject
Line 4: Four words: two about the first noun/subject, two about the antonym/synonym
Line 5: Three -ing words about the antonym/synonym
Line 6: Two adjectives describing the antonym/synonym
Line 7: Antonym/synonym for the subject

ethereal, lissome
lilting, bobbing, floating
nectar-sipper, lightweight, heavyweight, land-dweller
lifting, lumbering, swaying
enormous, intelligent

1 comment:

  1. It's not an easy structure, is it? You did it well with this huge contrast. I like the 'ing' words, but also that middle line, with the good parallel of the words hyphenated and the simpler 'lightweight', 'heavyweight'.


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