Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Glitter like diamontes

inksplatterSometimes having the structure dictated can free up your creativity. Seems odd, yet it's like a coloring book. You don't have to spend time making the figure look right, just mess around with color.

A diamonte poem begins with one subject and ends with its opposite. The number of words increase then decrease and, if you center it, it looks like a diamond. Well, sometimes, if the words are the right length ;-)
2 adjectives describing the subject
3 words ending in -ing telling about the subject
4 words, the first two describe the subject, the last two describe its opposite
3 words ending in -ing telling about the opposite
2 adjectives describing the opposite
Here's an example off the top of my head:
black liquid
flowing staining expressing
splatter blot soak splash
flowing washing obliterating
clear liquid
If you like that structure, a diamonte poem is similar to a cinquain: A not so traditional cinquain and More nontraditional cinquains and the real one.

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