Diamante 2

Diamante poems are such fun here’s another one that I wrote after my recent visit to Jackson’s Coppice to see the bluebells. (See previous post)

ancient, sturdy,
breathing, living, being,
branches, limbs, leaves, flowers,
growing, spreading, blooming,
delicate, fragrant,


My poetry group is still unable to meet and we are still sharing poems via the internet. As I have mentioned previously on this blog we have also had a few ‘challenges’ along the way. We have a new one for May. This one was suggested by me after my daughter, who teaches English as a foreign language in Spain, told me that her class of 9 year old Spanish children had been writing Diamante poems in English. At that stage I had no idea what a Diamante poem was but I thought that if Spanish children can write them in English so can the poetry group. So I did the research and set the challenge.

The Diamante form was created by an American poet and educator called Iris McClellen Tiedt in 1969. It is a non-rhyming, word count poem in 7 lines and shaped like a diamond. It usually has two objects (subjects) and about half way through one morphs into the other. The two objects should be related in some way – i.e. night/day, air/water, etc. You do need to know your parts of speech though. It is constructed like this:

Line 1: One Noun ( the first object) – a noun is a naming word such as chair, door, dog, sky.

Line 2: Two Adjectives – describing the first object (e.g. shiny, round, fat)

Line 3: Three verbs about the first object – verbs are ‘doing words’ and should preferably be continuous action such as swimming, walking, breathing.

Line 4: Four nouns – here comes the change; the first two are about the first object, the second two introduce the second object but do not name it.

Line 5: Three verbs (continuous action) about the second object.

Line 6: Two adjectives – describing the second object.

Line 7: One noun – naming the second object.

You can find loads of information about Diamante poems on the Internet. Here’s a link to get you started: www.poetryforkids.com/lessons/how-to-write-a-diamante-poem/ (I have tried to click on this and it tells me the page does not exist – believe me it does! If you can’t make it work try typing the link into your search engine.)

Here are two that I wrote for the challenge so you can see how it works in practice.

bright, yellow,
shining, warming, life-giving
fire, orb, white, crescent,
shading, illuminating, shape-shifting
pearly, full,

young, carefree,
singing, dancing, playing,
school, friends, home, family,
welcoming, loving, caring,
wise, elderly,

Actually, I have just noticed a mistake in the first one – ‘white’ is not strictly a noun, unless you are naming the colour which I’m not doing here; back to the drawing board!

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