Commentary and Philosophy Poetry posted November 26, 2017

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A dominate poem see foot note.


by robina1978

very, extreme
tiring, worrying, overworking
deadbeat, slow-going--alive, fresh-air
living, kicking, smiling
alive, happy

Diamante writing prompt entry
Writing Prompt
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

Example #1:
humid, damp
refreshing, dripping, splattering
wet, slippery, cold, slushy
sliding, melting, freezing
frigid, icy

Copyright © 2000 Marie Summers

Example #2:

cute, soft
purring, clawing, pouncing
playful, fur, fun, feline
pawing, licking, loving
bright-eyed, beautiful

Copyright © 2000 Marie Summers

Many thanks to avmurray for the beautiful photo.


Because a diamante poem is diamond-like in form, it must begin and end with single words that form the top and bottom. In the antonym form, those words will be opposite in meaning. Your job as a writer is to transition from the first noun to the opposite noun in your descriptive words.

This Poem Follows a Specific Formula

Line one: Noun

Line two: Two adjectives that describe the noun in line one

Line three: Three verbs that end with �?�¢??ing�?�¢?? and describe the noun in line one

Line four: Four nouns - the first two must relate to the noun in line one and the second two will relate to the noun in line seven

Line five: Three verbs that end with �?�¢??ing" and describe the noun in line seven

Line six: Two adjectives that describe the noun in line seven

Line seven: Noun that is opposite in meaning to line one (antonym diamante) or the same in meaning (synonym diamante) as the noun in line one

The first line of this poem will contain a noun (person, place, or thing) that represents the main topic of your poem.

As an example, we will use the noun �?�¢??smile.�?�¢??

Two words that describe a smile are happy and warm. Those words will form the second line in this example.

Three verbs that end with �?�¢??-ing�?�¢?? and describe a smile are: welcoming, inspiring, and soothing.

The center line of the diamante poem is the �?�¢??transition�?�¢?? line.


It will contain two words (the first two) that relate to the noun in line one and two words (the second two) that relate to the noun that you will write in line seven. Again, the noun in line seven will be the opposite of the noun in line one.

Line five will be similar to line three: it will contain three verbs ending in �?�¢??-ing�?�¢?? that describe the noun you will put at the end of your poem. In this example, the final noun is �?�¢??frown,�?�¢?? because it is the opposite of �?�¢??smile.�?�¢?? The words in our example poem are disturbing, deterring, depressing.

Line six is similar to line two, and it will contain two adjectives that describe �?�¢??frown.�?�¢?? In this example, our words are sad and unwelcome.

Line seven contains the word that represents the opposite to our subject. In this example, the opposite word is �?�¢??frown.�?�¢??
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