Flying Spaghetti Monster, do I hate diamontes! Well, not really, but they are quite difficult to write without sounding like a person muttering random words in a corner (and trust me, that wouldn’t be the first time I’d have done that).
A diamonte is a single-stanza poem that consists of seven lines. It is structured so that the whole poem is shaped like — yeah, you guessed it — a diamond. I’ve decided on a diagram, as it’s much easier to explain it in that form:
1st Line — One word (a noun)
2nd Line — Two words (non-participle adjectives)
3rd Line — Three words (participles; i.e., words that end in -ing that may function as adjectives)
4th Line — Four words (first two: nouns related to the first line; last two: nouns related to the last line)
5th Line — Three words (participles related to the last line)
6th Line — Two words (non-participle adjectives related to the last line)
7th Line — One word (a noun)
Furthermore, the last line in the diagram above may be a word that is the extreme opposite of the one in the first, or it may simply be a thought far different from the first.
Hoping, yearning, chasing:
Magic, adventure—logic, reason:
Knowing, not knowing, trying—