Delib, or: ately awkward

A quadrille (in descort form)

Static thinking
falls short when writing a descort;
it is deliberately awkward,
as every single line must differ from every
other line in length, 
meter, 
and rhyme too,
thereby forcing poets
to be flexible,
or at least write more irregularly than they might prefer.

Descort poem

The descort differentiates itself from other forms by differentiating its lines from other lines within the poem. That is, the main rule of descort poems is that each line needs to be different from every other line in the poem.

A descort poem has different line lengths, meters, avoids rhyming with other lines, no refrains, and that goes for stanzas as well. In other words, no two lines in a descort should look like each other.


d’Verse Quadrille #151

The above Descort is my take on today’s d’Verse’s Quadrille challenge.

The Quadrille is simply a poem of 44 words (excluding the title), and it can take any form. This week’s challenge was to use the word “static” in a Quadrille.


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65 thoughts on “Delib, or: ately awkward”

    1. ❤ Peter ❤ ~ There's this:

      https://thanetwriters.com/essay/form/what-is-a-descort/

      The Descort was possibly invented by Garin d’Apchier, a French castle captain and troubadour, though this comes from his own unreliable vida—a small biography of a troubadour. “Quan foill’e flors reverdezis / et aug lo chan del rossignol” (“When the leaf and the flower bud / and I hear the song of the nightingale”) were the first lines of the poem that gave rise to this form, though the complete work is now lost.

      The form was used by several other troubadours in later years, such as Gautier de Dargies, who wrote three, and Raimbaut de Vaqueiras who used to form to demonstrate a wide knowledge of language, using a variation of the form in which each stanza is the same length but the language of each changes.

  1. What an interesting form, and what a perfect approach to the word “static” as this form is anything but!

  2. Your first two lines are a great set up. I’m pretty sure I write Descort all over my journal 😀 But it’s an interesting construct because it would be hard if you’re thinking about it.

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