Week Forty-Six: The Nonet

Nine is the Number

In music, a nonet refers to a group of nine instruments or performers. In poetry, it refers to a nine-line poem that begins with a nine-syllable line. The nonet is one of a number of ‘shrinking’ forms, such as Diminishing Verse (Week 2)

Key Features of the Nonet

Form: Consists of a single nine-line stanza

Syllables: Begins with nine syllables and diminishes by one with each proceeding line

Rhyme: Optional


An Original Nonet

Witness the Power of Growing Things

Witness the power of growing things:
Revolutions of nature, life
Like leaves and petals spreading,
Like stems and trunks rising,
Voluminous fruits,
Tender berries,
Bound in a


Want to Learn More? Start Here:

Nonet Poems – Writer’s Digest
Nonet – Poetry Dances
Nonet – Shadow Poetry


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