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Nonet Poems: Poetic Forms

Nonet poems are nine-line poems with a specific syllable count for each line. This poetic form appears to be influenced by the music term nonet.

Never heard of nonet poems? That's all right. I'd never heard of them before trying to hunt down a new poetic form to cover earlier this week.

Nonet Poems: The Rules

The nonet poetic form is simple. It's a 9-line poem that has 9 syllables in the first line, 8 syllables in the second line, 7 syllables in the third line, and continues to count down to one syllable in the final (ninth) line.

I couldn't find an origin, but I did learn that the word nonet is used for a group of 9 performers or instruments. So I'm assuming this is one of those poetic forms inspired by music.

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The Complete Guide of Poetic Forms

Play with poetic forms!

Poetic forms are fun poetic games, and this digital guide collects more than 100 poetic forms, including more established poetic forms (like sestinas and sonnets) and newer invented forms (like golden shovels and fibs).

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Here's My Attempt at a Nonet:

"Nature"

There's a life curled in the darkness
sweating out the evening storm
beneath leaves covered with rain
and an urge to bolt like
the lightning before
thunder. Under
here we run
free of
why.

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