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12.1.17: Diamante December

It’s December, and my class wrote a Diamante:

A diamante is a seven-line, diamond-shaped poem that begins with a single word and ends with its opposite. It’s a great way to compare and contrast two different nouns:​

Line 1: One noun (or topic)

Line 2: Two adjectives about the noun

Line 3: Three gerunds (-ing verbs) that relate to the noun

Line 4: Four nouns (the first two relate to the noun in Line 1, the last two relate to the noun in Line 7)

Line 5: Three gerunds that relate to the noun in Line 7

Line 6: Two adjectives that describe the noun in Line 7

Line 7: Renames the noun from Line 1 (its opposite)

These rules may be hard to digest at first. Some examples:


Golden, glorious

Warming, burning, shining

Day, bright, night, crescent

Illuminating, shimmering, orbiting

Silvery, shadowy




Vision, perception

Staring, observing, gazing

Ability to see everything, total visual impairment

Stumbling, groping, touching

Darkness, sightless


Cool how quickly the feel of the poem changes, right?