Saturday, April 16, 2022

Day 16 ~ “Naani” Poem

(Heads up: Easter Sunday will be free verse if you want to start collecting your thoughts and ideas now ~ whatever you want to create) . . .

Okay, so let’s get started for today, Saturday ~ this is a poetry form that I’ve only tried once before, a couple of years ago. It might be kind of new to you, too. It hails from India.

“Naani” is one of India’s most popular poetry forms. “Naani” basically means an “expression of one and all.” It was created by well-known Indian poet, Dr. N. Gopi, the vice-chancellor of Telugu University.

There are only TWO rules to this poem ~

It is FOUR lines long, no more, no less.

And when you count up ALL the syllables in ALL FOUR LINES, there should be AT LEAST 20 syllables and NO MORE than 25 syllables.

And there is no rhyming required, but of course, you are free to rhyme whenever you wish. Either way . . .

Sounds easy enough, but accomplishing that may be harder than you think.

Although, no subject matter requirements are suggested, from everything I read, Naani poems generally are about relationships, the current state of affairs, the human condition, and/or emotions. So, basically, you’re wide open.

One more thing, the first line usually – but not always – states the subject of the poem.


I highly suggest you use one of those handy, dandy free online syllable counters ~ all you have to do is plop your entire 4-line poem into the box, click the “Count Syllables” bar at the bottom and it will count them for you – remember you are looking to have at least 20 but no more than 25 syllables per Naani poem. Cheers!!

How Many Syllables 

So here’s mine from 2020, during the height of the pandemic:



Day in and out

I sit inside and wonder

Will things ever

Get back to normal

        © Stephanie Abney 2020

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1 comment:

Heidi L. Murphy said...

Here's mine. Late but here: