Definition

One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Fussy Little Forms: Nonet

Happy weekend, friends! Today, let’s try writing a NONET.

A nonet is defined as a combination of nine instruments or voices, or a musical composition for such a combination. The word comes from Italian nonetto or nono--nine.

In poetry, a nonet is a nine-line poem in which the first line contains nine syllables, the next line 8, and so on until the final one-syllable line.

No rhyme required, and no particular topic or subject. You can also write a second stanza in reverse, 1-9 syllables, for a kind of opposite or mirror. I thought of nonet because of its similarity to the fibonacci that Kerry had us playing with last weekend--love it!--but I have never tried a nonet. Have you?

Also could not find any good examples of a nonet poem online, other than this one by Robert Lee Brewer at Writer’s Digest. So let’s do something about that.

Hey, hey, we like the nonet! 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1… and, go!



13 comments:

Outlawyer said...

Marian -- thank you. This looks challenging and cute too, but I don't know if I can do it as have a very short weekend. Still, it is so nice to "hear" your voice. Hope all well. k.

Victoria Stuart said...

Thanks for a great prompt! I'm so glad I found you guys, you sure know how to have fun!

Toni Spencer said...

This form is not so fussy but interesting!
I will see what I can come up with. Thank you!

brudberg said...

Not so easy... don't know if mine made any sense...

Susie Clevenger said...

Oh dread, form poetry...but I wrote one. Yeah for me. lol

Jim said...

More fun wriing, thank you Marian. I'm on the edge of the bed writing, my Nonet and now this. I'm composing on my old Galaxy 5 Android smart phone. I think my spelling is okay, grammer has poetic license even though I'm not a poet.
Lights out. TV on 30 minutes 'Sleep', and the second session of Fraser has run ten minutes.
Good Night
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Kim Russell said...

I like this form. I wrote mine yesterday but couldn't post it until this morning. Have a wonderful Sunday, Toads!

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

A nice one to play with! Thank you.

Kerry O'Connor said...

this looks like a lot of fun, Marian.

Marian said...

Hello, friends. Look at all these entries, how wonderful. I'm off to read!

Linda Lee Lyberg said...

Thanks for a great prompt Marian. I opted for a reverse Nonet.

rallentanda said...

Love this form. Thank you Marion. Enjoy your Sunday.

Margaret said...

Playing late... Thanks for the prompt.