Building misdirection into
Everything that’s plainly spoken
Staging the context
Diamante is a seven-line poem with lines of 1-2-3-4-3-2-1 words each. There are special rules for each line. If you want to see the rules and know that I broke them, you can check them out at Shadow Poetry here: http://www.shadowpoetry.com/resources/wip/diamante.html
I cannot make a decent poem while strictly following the rules of a diamante. And even with all the liberties I took I still found the form infuriatingly restrictive. I am sure I could have written a better poem if I ignored the rules altogether In fact, I have never read a diamante that is not crap. I am sure there is a master of the form that I have not read, but the rules are so stifling that I can’t imagine how it could be done well.
If you would like to create a diamante the way I created mine, I will list the rules as I altered them.
Line one is the subject of the poem: one noun.
Line two describes the subject: two words.
Line three describes the action of the subject: three words using at least one ing verb.
Line four has a turn on the last word: four words of your choice.
Line five has describes the action of the secondary subject: three words using at least one ing verb.