How to Write a Nonet Poem

Have you heard of the Nonet?

A Nonet Poem is similar to an Etheree poem, except there are nine lines instead of ten. As of November 27, 2018, I’ve added this form to our weekly challenge. Many thanks to Jane Dougherty for the suggestion.

A nonet has nine lines. The first line has nine syllables, the second line eight syllables, the third line seven syllables, etc… until line nine finishes with one syllable. It can be on any subject and rhyming is optional. 

line 1 – 9 syllables
line 2 – 8 syllables
line 3 – 7 syllables
line 4 – 6 syllables
line 5 – 5 syllables
line 6 – 4 syllables
line 7 – 3 syllables
line 8 – 2 syllables
line 9 – 1 syllables

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Because of the hourglass shape of a double nonet, it can be used to represent time’s passage.

The elements of the Nonet are:

  1. stanzaic, written in any number of 9 line stanzas.
  2. syllabic, 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 syllables per line.
  3. usually unrhymed.

This is my example of a Nonet poem:

“The Wild Hunt”

The phantom calling of the huntsmen
resounds during the algid night
gliding through the purest air
perceived in cloudy shapes
howling on the wind
a sign of war
or a sure

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

The Wild Hunt is a mythological event where a ghostly group of hunters passes in wild pursuit. (

Such an encounter is believed to portend war, or death, or a combination of such events. 

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Have fun and write some Nonet poetry!

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