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Diamante Poems

What is a Diamante?


A diamante – pronounced dee-uh-MAHN-tay – is an unrhymed seven-line poem. The beginning and ending lines are the shortest, while the lines in the middle are longer, giving diamante poems a diamond shape. “Diamante” is the Italian word for diamond, so this poetic form is named for this diamond shape.


Believe it or not, the diamante was invented just 40 years ago. It was created by an American poet named Iris McClellan Tiedt in 1969, and has become very popular in schools.

Also known as a “diamond poem” because of its shape.

I can write a diamanté poem


Today's task is for you to write your own diamanté poem. Before you can do this, you will need to think of a subject. I would suggest you write this poem about an animal that you know, perhaps a pet.


Part One:


Once you have a subject, you will need to plan. Split your page into three sections - nouns/adjectives/verbs. Spend 10 minutes writing words about your animal to fill these sections. 


  • Nouns (objects) - cats/dogs/canines/felines/claws/collars/whiskers


  • Adjectives (descriptive words) - cute/cuddly/kind/loyal


  • Verbs (action words) - jumping/licking/slobbering/cleaning





Part Two:


Once you have your plan, you're ready to write your poem. Remember to follow the rules of the poem and please share your poems on Seesaw!




The Rules of a Diamante



There are just a few rules to writing a diamante:

  1. Diamantes are seven lines long.
  2. The first and last lines have just one word.
    The second and sixth lines have two words.
    The third and fifth lines have three words.
    And the fourth line has four words.
  3. Lines 1, 4, and 7 have nouns.
    Lines 2 and 6 have adjectives.
    Lines 3 and 5 have verbs.



When your poem is complete, it should be a diamond shape and should contain 16 words!



Adjective, Adjective
Verb, Verb, Verb
Noun, Noun, Noun, Noun
Verb, Verb, Verb
Adjective, Adjective



Choose your challenge:




 Don't worry too much about word types. Think of 16 words (of any type) to describe your animal and see if you can set it out so that it looks like a diamond.





Write your poem using the rules above.  Here is an example of a trickier challenge:




Soft, Cute

Purring, Stretching,Climbing



Playful, Gentle






Can you write a poem about two similar animals. Using the example below you can see that the first half is about a cat and the second half is about a dog. The adjectives in the middle can be used to describe each animal.


Gentle, Sleepy
Purring, Meowing, Scratching
Whiskers, Fur, Collar, Leash
Barking, Licking, Digging
Slobbery, Playful


For more help, watch the first part of the video below.

Diamante Poems

This is a fun and creative way of writing, and different to how we normally create poems