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Oftentimes, the pleasure of writing poetry comes from finding creativity within a rigid structure. Whether it’s a haiku, senryu, acrostic, or cinquain, a poem with a strict set of rules can produce inventiveness and beauty. Such is the case with the nonet, a poem which must adhere to a narrow and specific structure.
What Is a Nonet Poem?
A nonet is a nine-line poem. In the nonet form, each line contains specific, descending syllable counts. The first line contains nine syllables, the second line contains eight, the third line contains seven, and so on. The last line of nonet poetry contains one syllable. The nonet is a poetic form that can contain any rhyming scheme and cover any subject matter. Due to the simplicity and popularity of the nonet structure, many poetry websites and publications have yearly nonet poetry contests.
What Is the Difference Between a Nonet and an Etheree?
The nonet is similar to the etheree poetry form, which consists of ten lines. In the etheree, each line’s syllable count increases as it goes along. The first line contains one syllable, the second line contains two, and so on until the final line.
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