I LOVE NONET POEMS!! Basically, this poetry form is based on the number 9. I first tried writing one of these for the 2014 Poetry Challenge and this form soon became one of my favorites! Hence, I have been using them in the challenge each since. If you have done one before - you can always write a totally different and if you are new them, this should be fun!!
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 the poems I wrote for it four years ago are still my favorite nonet poems so I’m going to share them again as my examples. 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 –
The 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?
Here is a “look” at this pattern:
* * * * * * * * * (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 EXACT, so PLEASE count them so you can do it correctly.
Here are the first two I ever wrote for this poetry form and they remain my favorites:
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.”
© 2014 Stephanie Abney
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