Friday, September 28th, 2012

Writing Prompt – Diamante Poems

Maryland Blue CrabA diamante poem is formulaic in nature, often discusses two opposite ideas, and when finished, takes the shape of a diamond.

For teachers, it’s a wonderful method to help students learn about nouns, verbs and adjectives.

For writers, it’s a great exercise to warm up the brain and get you stretching your vocabulary: you’ll want to choose nouns, verbs and adjectives beyond the usual.

Here’s the formula for each line:

  1. A simple noun
  2. two adjectives which agree with, or describe, the noun in line 1
  3. three verbs as modifiers which also agree with the noun in line 1
  4. four nouns: two should be related in some way to the noun in line line 1, and two should be related to the noun in Line 7.
  5. three verbs as modifiers of the the noun on line 7
  6. two adjectives which agree with, or describe, the noun in line 7
  7. one simple noun which is the opposite of the noun in line 1.

Here’s my first stab at it:

calcified, clawed
scuttling, scavenging
cooperative, omnivorous — carnivorous, singular
blooming, pulsating, stinging
gelatinous, tentacled

Here’s Your Prompt:

Your turn!

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