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Ninette Definition

nine lines, each increasing in one syllable, then at the midpoint, decreasing again. The form, when centered, appears like a paper lantern. The first and last word may be the same, antonyms, or synonyms.


A Ninette is a type of poem which contains nine lines, each line with a difference of one syllable from the previous one. The syllables increase with one number, from the first line until the midpoint where they start decreasing.

The syllable count of a Ninette is one, two, three, four, five, four, three, two and then back to one. The first and the last line of this type of poem do not have to be necessarily the same. They can either be synonyms or antonyms. If you form a Ninette and then center it, you will get a paper lantern-like design. A Ninette is entirely different from a Rictameter in terms of syllable count and the structure.

Ninette poems can be prepared to talk about many different subjects. It could be love, philosophy, nature, animals, relationships dilemmas or any other themes. Poets form them to display thoughts and emotions in the form of words in a beautiful pattern. 

Ninette Poem Example

1
nine
lines of
increasing
syllable count
making a ninette
poetry form
decreasing
back to
one

2
green
are the
pine needles
hanging on the
branches way up
over our heads
but they fall
to earth
brown

3
spring
arrives
suddenly
when the crocus
pushes through the snow
to raise a small
herald of
warmer
spring

No standard definition found.

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