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Understanding Poetry: Naani

Understanding Poetry: Naani

The Naani poem hails from India, introduced by a well known poet Dr. N. Gopi of the Telugu people and its script. _Naani_ translates as "expression of one and all" in this language, and is a relatively new poetry form existing in modern times. The form itself is composed of one stanza, which is four lines in total. Each line is generally 3 - 5 syllables (no more than ten) equaling a total of 20 - 25 syllables in its entirety. The subject manner can be of anything the writer desires, but Telugu poets typically have discussed the human condition, race, relations, and life in general. There is no rhyme pattern scheme for the naani, and it is not used. The first line usually states the subject matter, while the remaining three lines express the foundation of the subject, or go into detail about it.

Example of Naani:

A dialogue
When lengthens
Remain questions
Without answer as criticism.

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Writing Prompt: Write a naani about any subject matter in your immediate area which you are currently at; inanimate objects can be hard to describe. Make that object relevant and personal to you.


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