Monday, April 24, 2017

Day 24 ~ How to Write a “Nonet Poem” for “30 Poems in 30 Days” #NationalPoetryMonth

What is a "Nonet Poem" and how do you write one?

I have come to LOVE this poetry form and think it is such fun. I hope you enjoy it too. And even though I have shared these two poems in years past – they remain favorites of mine for this poetic form so here they are again!! Cheers!!
A Nonet Poem is based on NINE, in more ways than one ~ it has nine lines and the FIRST LINE has NINE syllables ~ but there are a few more details to know. I have come to really love this poetry form. And I love my example poems I wrote in previous years that I’m going to share them again. But here is how you do this poem. SO FUN!!!
When I looked up the word “nonet” in the dictionary I discovered it stood for 9 musical performers or 9 instruments – and the poem has a pattern that has 9 lines – first line has 9 syllables, each line thereafter has one less syllable, ending with the last line only having ONE syllable. The number of words does not matter, ONLY the number of syllables so it actually provides you with some flexibility. Intriguing, right?

* * * * * * * * * (9 syllables)
* * * * * * * * (8 syllables)
* * * * * * * (7 syllables)
* * * * * * (6 syllables)
* * * * * (5 syllables)
* * * * (4 syllables)
* * * (3 syllables)
* * (2 syllables)
* (1 syllable)

It can be about ANYTHING as long as the SYLLABLE COUNTS ARE CORRECT, so PLEASE count them so you can do it correctly.

 Here are two examples I wrote:

 Made chocolate chip cookies tonight
One taste before I go to bed 
One bite follows another
I forgot what I said
I’m ready to stop
Well, maybe not
Just one more
Then to …

© 2014 Stephanie Abney

“Grandma, may we have a sleepover?”
My precious grandkids ask again.
“We promise to obey you.”
They give a hopeful look.
“We won’t talk in bed.”
That’s what they said.
“We love you.”
I said,

             © 2014 Stephanie Abney

OKAY, your turn – GO!!

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Vicki said...

Day 24-Nonet poem

As this Monday gets off to a start
I have to keep thinking of things
To write and excite myself
And others around me
So a Nonet comes
Out of my mind
And my heart
And my

Peggy Barker said...

I love your pies, Stephanie. I can really relate to the cookie one.
Here is the one I just wrote for my nephew's birthday today:

Little John is not so little now
He is the oldest of the kids
He has grown into a man
Today is his birthday
Happiness and joy
May God bless you

Heidi L. Murphy said...

Okay! Here's my nonet:
And now I'm off to presidency meeting.