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PostSubject: Diamante Poetry   September 5th 2008, 8:55 pm

A diamante is a type of poem whose name is derived by its shape. It will ultimately form a diamond if the directions are properly followed.
What follows is an example of what belongs in one type of diamante:

1. Noun: subject of poem
2. Two adjectives describing your subject
3. Three participles (ing verbs) describing subject
4. Four nouns: two related to the subject and the second two related to the opposite of the original subject.
5. Three participles describing the opposite subject (see line seven below)
6. Two adjectives describing your opposite subject
7. Opposite subject


After you write the actual piece, center it and if done correctly you will find your work shaped like a diamond. Not only is quality important but its shape is as well. Trying a different exercise can throughly improve your writing.

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PostSubject: Re: Diamante Poetry   September 5th 2008, 11:27 pm

Summer
hot, sweaty
burning, torturing, swelling
ice cream, festivals, christmas, snow
freezing, snowing, caroling
cold, long
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