Sunday, April 19, 2020

Day 19 ~ “Nonet Poem” for “30 Poems in 30 Days” #NationalPoetryMonth

Day 19 ~ “Nonet Poem” for “30 Poems in 30 Days” #NationalPoetryMonth

This is one of my all-time FAVORITE poetry forms: NONET POEM!!

Basically, the “Nonet poem” is based on the number 9. I first tried writing one of these 4 years ago for the 2014 Poetry Challenge and the two poems that resulted are two of my favorite and so I continue to use them as examples, not that I haven’t written newer Nonet poems, but I love these and the pictures I found to go with them, so . . . if you’ve been around, you have seen these before and if not, get set for lots of 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. Here is how you do this poem:
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?

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 CORRECT, so PLEASE count them so you can do it correctly.

Here is that handy, dandy free online syllable counter if you want to be sure of your syllable counts:

And 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.”
I said,
           © 2014 Stephanie Abney

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Vicki said...

Day 19-Nonet Poem

There’s so many Musician’s I love
But the one who I love the most
Is the one who sang a song
Back when we were dating
He caught my heart then
Ever in love


My pansies have such happy faces.
The colors, too, are many hues:
Blue and white, yellow and red.
They look so happy there,
Along my walkway.
Their heads nodding,
In the breeze.
To please,

Heidi L. Murphy said...

Here's my day 19 Nonet!