The Mitsubishi Diamante

A V6 Sedan buit by Mitsubishi. Began in 1992-present. Touted for its luxury and preformance, (Still, though many agree...with only 215hp, it is slow and heavy.) Began as a 3.0L V6 (92-96) then evolved into a 3.5L V6 (97-02) The 92-96 V6, was the same that was used in many Chrysler and Plymouth minivans. The later V6 was borrowed from the Intrepid, and later 300M Chrysler models. Sold in other countries as the Magna or the Verada. Overseas models had an optional 2.5L Inline 4, and 5 speed manual transmission. The US versions were V6, 4 speed automatic transmission only. One of the first Mistubishi's to have 4 wheel ABS, and a drivers side airbag. Notorously hard to replace stereo was included with 6 speakers. From personal experience.....anemic preformance, and sub-par gas mileage. Not too many repairs, but when they do occur, extremley costly.

A diamante is a seven line poem. Rules of composition vary, but it is most often structured so that the poem can be printed centre-aligned, which results in the diamond shape that gives the style its name.

Syllabic structure is a common form of diamante, with each line's syllable count defining the poem's structure. The common syllable pattern is 2, 4, 6, 8, 6, 4, 2.

Stylized forms of diamante use content rules for each line to create a pattern, similar to a Cinquain. Word counts on the line giving the diamante its distinctive shape. A common and particularly rewarding set of rules:

a = 1 noun (an antonym to line g),
b = 2 adjectives (to describe line a),
c = 3 verbs, often with an -ing suffix (describing line a),
d = 4 nouns (common to both a and g),
e = 3 verbs, often with an -ing suffix (describing line g),
f = 2 adjectives (to describe line g),
g = 1 noun (antonym to line a)

Here is a basic1 example of this type:

harsh, spiteful
eating, deleting, destroying
day logs, dream logs, factual nodes, fiction
praising, encouraging, rewarding
intelligent, wise

Pipe links, viewed orthogonally, may offer the change to extend the diamante on E2 into a third dimension. I'd love to see someone extend the diamante using this approach.

  1. I'm no poet, but at least this way it's original material.

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