Go Vat Notes

Originating in Cambodia the Go Vat became popular among French poets in the late 1800s. It consists of a couplet which sets the rhyme of the subsequent stanzas, and a third line that repeats either in total, a phrase, or the last word throughout the poem. This gives the following structure and schema

xxxxxxxa
xxxxxxxa
xxxxxxxB

xxxxxxxa
xxxxxxxa
xxxxxxxB

and so on.

Example

My Spirit by Terry Clitheroe

My spirit is no longer part of me
I gave it away to you most willingly
Together with my heart.
I would share it all with thee
And boast for all the world to see
Willingly giving you my heart.
Tell me of your love I will agree
And share my life to infinity
See again I offer you my heart.
Isn't love the most simplistic plea
Showing you are open and free
Infinity calls let's share one heart

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