Diamantes

The diamante is a diamond-shaped pattern poem that is based on contrasts. Although there are many variations, the most common pattern produces a seven-line poem with the following form:
   line 1: one noun provides the subject
   line 2: two adjectives describe the subject
   line 3: three participles also decribe it
   line 4: four nouns or a phrase provide a
             transition
   line 5: three participles describe the noun in
             the last line
   line 6: two adjectives also describe it
   line 7: one noun contrasts with the subject in
             the first line.

Clouds

cumulus
white, fleecy
billowing, rounded, rising
bright promise --- dark threat
lowering, flashing, menacing
gray, dense
nimbus

Classical Diamantes

Civilizations

Greek
philosophical, refined
thinking, creating, civilizing
empires rise ----- empires fall
building, adapting, colonizing
practical, robust
Roman

Classes

patrician
privileged, few
prospering, patronizing, ruling
upper class ------- lower class
toiling, growing, enduring
prosaic, many
plebeian


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