Saturday, April 9, 2022

Day 9 - Nonet


Day 9 ~ Nonet

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 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 your handy, dandy online syllable counter:

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


OKAY, your turn – GO!!

AND – here is a free online rhyming dictionary – very awesome and helpful for if/when you get stuck:
Free Online Rhyming Dictionary

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