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An emacs theme that’s well suited for prose: particularly org-mode and markdown-mode; or any mode that works well with variable-pitch mode.


The theme makes Emacs more friendly for writing prose instead of code. Highlights include mixing monospace and variable pitch text in markdown and org-modes, making it convenient to write prose and code together.

I wrote about building poet at


Set up

  • Installation:
  • Variable-pitch-mode: Adding variable pitch mode to text modes will help in rendering mixed fonts every time you edit markdown, org-mode, etc.
(add-hook 'text-mode-hook
           (lambda ()
            (variable-pitch-mode 1)))
  • Custom fonts: Choose your fonts/font sizes before loading the theme with
(set-face-attribute 'default nil :family "DejaVu Sans Mono" :height 130)
(set-face-attribute 'fixed-pitch nil :family "DejaVu Sans Mono")
(set-face-attribute 'variable-pitch nil :family "IBM Plex Serif")
  • Mac OSX Title Bar: (Only for *Emacs 26.1*+)
  'default-frame-alist'(ns-transparent-titlebar . t))
  'default-frame-alist'(ns-appearance . light))

Reddit reviews poet


  • Exclusively aimed at graphical emacs

Next Steps

(No fixed timelines for these, depends on my time and motivation)

  • [X] Publish v1 to Melpa.
  • [X] Add more screenshots showing off different modes (particularly markdown)
  • [X] Evaluate & test github flavoured markdown in markdown-mode.
  • [X] Publish v2 to Melpa
  • [X] Create a poet-dark mode with a yellow/white/black scheme.
  • [X] Add a dark brown theme
  • [X] Add support for disabling variable font sizes.
  • [ ] Explore a new bolder version of poet.
  • [ ] Document support for additional modes.
  • [ ] Publish v3 to Melpa.

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An emacs theme that's well suited for modes using variable pitch: particularly org-mode and markdown-mode.





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