Let’s write a fun poem to celebrate National Poetry Month!

A diamante (Dee-a-MON-tay) is an interesting type of poem. It is a diamond-shaped poem of opposites, and the last word in the poem is the opposite of the first word.

Let's celebrate National Poetry Month by writing a fun diamante--a diamond-shaped poem based on opposites!Below is the pattern showing the parts of speech for each line.  The first two nouns in line 4 describe the first opposite; the last two nouns describe the last opposite.

Watch line 4; it is the pivot upon which the whole poem turns.

To make things clearer, I’ve made the words of the first opposite orange and the second opposite green. You can almost feel the seasons changing as you read through this diamante. You can download a free PDF of this image here.

Let's celebrate National Poetry Month by writing a fun diamante--a diamond-shaped poem based on opposites!

Now it’s your turn: Think about two opposites and then write your own seven-line diamante.

Note: This writing prompt is taken from Jump In, Sharon Watson’s middle school writing curriculum published by Apologia.

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