By Brooke Clark and Michael Stanton
What is a diamante poem?
The Structure of the Diamante Poem
A diamante poem is made up of 7 lines using a set structure:
Line 1: Beginning subject
Line 2: Two describing words about line 1
Line 3: Three doing words about line 1
Line 4: A short phrase about line 1, a short phrase about line 7
Line 5: Three doing words about line 7
Line 6: Two describing words about line 7
Line 7: End subject
The "Puppy" is a diamante poem describing the the fun and life of a puppy.
The "Music" diamante poem is describing what music is and how it is and what kind there is.
The "Life" poem is a diamante poem it is describing the things in life that happen.
amazing, cool, refreshing,
fun, outstanding, crazy, crowded
relaxing, happy, life
stress less, merry
non-breezy, relaxing, big
destroying, cool, catching, blazing
blue, cold, calm
windy, rainy, cloudy
scary, enormous, thunder, lightning
peaceful, gold, colorful
little rain, long
red, blue, yellow
purple, amazing, outstanding, beautiful
ugly, rotten, tall
green, yellow, red
brown, thick, outstanding, cool
little, fat, ugly
shell, yolk, shell
cracked, nest, white, tan
big, feathers, chicken
The history of Diamante poems
A diamante – (pronounced dee-uh-MAHN-tay) – is an un-rhymed seven-line poem. The beginning and ending lines are the shortest, while the lines in the middle are longer, giving diamante poems a diamond shape. “Diamante” is the Italian word for diamond, so this poetic form is named for this diamond shape. Believe it or not, the diamante was invented just 40 years ago. It was created by an American poet named Iris McClellan in 1969, and has become very popular in schools.