Entertainment / Literature / Diamante: (Italian via French, 'sparkling decoration,' cognate with diamond, pronounced dee oh MON tay) A genre of simple concrete poetry consisting of a single unrhymed and untitled stanza with a visual structure shaped like a diamond. The poem is designed to be seen printed on a page rather than read aloud. The diamante stanza has seven lines and is normally used as children's poetry, accordingly, many elementary teachers are fond of using it to teach children parts of speech, antonyms, and simple poetic structure.


Entertainment / Literature / Cinquain: A five-line stanza with varied meter and rhyme scheme, possibly of medieval origin but definitely influenced after 1909 by Japanese poetic forms such as the tanka. Most modern cinquains are now based MORE

Concrete Poetry

Entertainment / Literature / Concrete Poetry: Poetry that draws much of its power from the way the text appears situated on the page. The actual shape of the lines of text may create a swan's neck, an altar, a geometric pattern, or a set of wings MORE