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Poetic asides

POETIC FORM: VIATOR

The viator is a form invented by poet Robin Skelton, author of The Shapes of Our Singing.

Here are the basic rules:

• The first line is a• The refrain appears as the second line of the second stanza, third line of the third stanza, and so on for however many stanzas the poem has.• This means the final line of the poem is the same as the first line of the poem.• It also means the length of the poem is dictated by how many stanzas there are.

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