Poetry Form: Diamante

The Diamante is one of a family of poetry forms known as “shaped Poems” as, when centered on a page, they often take on the shape of the poetry form’s name (or, they are so named because of the shape they take on when centered).  The Diamante, as the name may imply, takes on a kind of diamond shape when centered.

The first line is one word, the second line is two words, the third line three words, the fourth line four words.  Line five is three words, line six is two words, and finally line seven is one word.

The words in each poetry line of a Diamante should be as follows:

Line one: A noun

Line two: Two adjectives

Line three: Three “ing” verbs

Line four: Two nouns having to do with one thing, and then two nouns that are the opposite or contrast to the first two

Line Five: Three “ing” verbs having to do with the last two words in line four

Line six: Two adjectives having to do with the last two words in line four

Line seven: A noun that is the opposite or contrasts with the word in line one.

Below is my example.



Hot, vacation

Swimming, travelling, relaxing

Content, happy, disappointed, sad

Returning, learning, working

Cooler, school


© Stacey Uffelman 10/30/15

The above, as the reader may have guessed, is a  child’s/school student’s view of Summer, then Fall.  Diamante poems can be written on any subject that one can  contrast with something else.


Warm, bright

Working, playing, enjoying

Sunny, warmth, darkness, cool

Retiring, sleeping, dreaming

Dim, starry


© Stacey Uffelman 10/30/15

The above poem contrasts day and night.  Finally:


Sad, lonely

Sighing, crying, longing

Frown, tear, smile, laugh

Hugging, talking, listening

Happy, together


© Stacey Uffelman 10/30/15

The words in the poems above may not all be of the right “type” as in the instructions of the poem, but I was never really good at  the grammar-y part of English class. 🙂  I think the poems above may all be Diamantes anyway. 😉