Whittled Words – Diamante Poem



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Welcome to the weekly series, Whittled Words. A series highlighting the innumerable types and styles of poetry to challenge any creative wordsmith. This week’s selection:

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DIAMANTE POEM

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A diamante poem is a 7-line poem that looks like a diamond. It does not have an associated rhyme scheme. This is a simple, quick, and fun exercise of word association in poetic form. Give it a try and release your inner poet!

It can be used to describe 1 topic or 2 opposite topics.

  • Line 1: 1 word (subject/noun)
  • Line 2: 2 adjectives that describe line 1
  • Line 3: 3 -ing words that relate to line 1
  • Line 4: 4 nouns (first 2 relate to line 1, last 2 relate to line 7–if you’re writing about opposite topics)
  • Line 5: 3 -ing words that relate to line 7
  • Line 6: 2 adjectives that describe line 7
  • Line 7: 1 word (subject/noun)

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Examples of Diamante Poems:

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Noise

by Divine Tan

 Noise
Loud, Boisterous
Deafening, Earsplitting, Piercing
Clamor, Sound ….. Hush, Quiet
Soothing, Calming, Consoling
Peace, Tranquility
Silence

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Loyalty Betrayal

By Raymond8759

Loyalty
pure, flawless
sanctifying, lustering, washing
soldiers, followers, traitors, spies
perpetrating, stealing, bribing
hateful, dire
betrayal

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Hope

By Brad Osborne

Hope

Wishful, Necessary

Longing, Expecting, Consoling

Dream, Prayer……Reality, Curse

Nagging, Halting, Pressing

Nervous, Skeptical

Fear

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I hope you have enjoyed this entry to the series, Whittled Words. I look forward to your comments, and if you dare, maybe share your own Diamante poem. Thanks for reading!

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Comments
18 Responses to “Whittled Words – Diamante Poem”
  1. beth says:

    I love this one, and had my kinder create one in this style years ago. turned out very well

  2. Lovely mate and your poem was a real gem!

  3. Shreya Joshi says:

    This one way tough. Much tougher than rhymes.
    Child,
    Young, happy,
    Questioning, exploring, learning,
    Benevolence, contentment… Misanthrope, misery,
    Hating, judging, fighting,
    Orthodox, rigid,
    Adult. 

  4. Jim Borden says:

    I like this style of poem, Brad, and yours is a fine example. I’m surprised there was nothing included by Brewer! 🙂

  5. petespringerauthor says:

    I had no idea there were so many forms of poetry until I began following your blog, Brad. This form is pleasing to the eyes and ears.

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