Try Again

I read somewhere about a type of poem that increases, then decreased, by one syllable. Does anyone know what it’s called? Anyway, I worked on two of these yesterday. Here’s one of my attempts:

once more
don’t give up
try one more time.
Be brave! Go for it;
it’s worth the effort, right?
If you have a worthwhile goal
you believe you should reach,
keep working at it.
You will make it
just give it
a fresh

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9 thoughts on “Try Again

  1. This is the closest thing I could find, not the same as your description but has the same idea:
    8. Nonet
    Rhyme, theme, and meter don’t matter in a nonet—but length and syllable count do. Every nonet has exactly nine lines: The first contains nine syllables, and that number decreases by one for every line thereafter. So the second line has eight syllables, the third line has seven, and so forth until you reach the single-syllable ninth line. Here’s one that illustrates the concept:

    A nonet’s first line comprises nine
    Its second line only has eight
    The third line contains seven
    The fourth line has six, and
    Then five for the fifth
    Four for the sixth
    Seventh? Three
    Eighth? Two

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  2. Thanks for the info. I see it’s listed in the article on poetic forms, which I haven’t gone through yet.

    This also lists a “Diminishing verse,” where “the main rule is: Remove the first letter of the end word in previous line.” Obviously very limited… 🙂
    Those who seek to cheat
    sooner or later catch the heat.
    Oh, the many words they’ll eat!

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  3. This could also be a version of a double etheree. Usually, an etheree goes up to 10 lines 1 – 10 syllables (a nonet, as Linda mentioned, is nine). If you then descend, like you did, it then becomes a double etheree.
    All this to say, this is lovely, Christine.

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