How to Write a Descort Poem

I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean. – Socrates

I know that the name of this blog post is ‘How to Write a Descort Poem,’ but that is not exactly accurate since I cannot tell you how to write your descort poem.

Because each descort poem is different.

Not one is going to look alike.

However, I can tell you about what a descort poem is, so that you can write your own.

A descort poem is a poem where each and everyone of it’s lines is different from the one before it. That is the main rule of writing a descort poem, each line must be unique.

Descort comes from the old French word for discord, and in a way this poem does live up to its name.

Descort poems have different lengths of lines, different lengths of stanzas, different meters, doesn’t have a refrain, and avoids rhyming with any of the other lines.

I know that this does sound similar to free verse poems, but they are not the same. Free verse may have similar line length and meter, but in descort poems nothing is similar.

Each and every descort poem is unique and different. Not one is going to look exactly alike.

So, now that you have a better idea of what a descort poem is, you are probably wondering how to go about writing one.

Well, here is how I write one. First, I come up with a theme, that way I have more freedom in what I choose to write. For example I could choose fantasy, or love, or the past, or writing, or a season.

Today though I am writing about hope.

Next what I am going to make a list of things that I associate with hope.

  • Sunrise
  • Flowers
  • White
  • Birds flying
  • A purple-blueish color
  • Books by authors that I like but haven’t had a chance to read yet
  • Unicorn

Obviously, there are more things that I associate with hope, but this is what came to mind when I thought of hope.

Once I have my list, I play around with it and make it into a poem. I’m not going to share that step because then you would get to see what a mess this part ends up being.

Here is my descort poem:

Hope in Truth

Dove flies into the air
Flowers open in the light of the dawn

Rushing through the clouds
A book that promises to be wonderful although never been read
Unicorn running through dim forest

Questions to be asked
Dandelions blow to nothing…
The Purple-Blue rises in sky
Dark before light

Sunrise coming, new day, new life, new hope
Flecks of light glittering

Tomorrow coming

So, there’s my descort poem. I’m not sure how much sense it made, or even if it did make sense. I just hope that it has given you a better idea of what a descort peom is.

I hope that you will take the time to write a descort poem yourself! They are not that difficult compared to some poetry, but they are more difficult than I expected before I wrote one.

I hope that this will help you as you write poetry. Also, I’d love to see your descort poems in the comments!


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