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Williams referred to the prosody of triadic-line poetry as a "variable foot", a metrical device to resolve the conflict between form and freedom in verse. Each of the three staggered lines of the stanza should be thought of as one foot, the whole stanza becoming a trimeter line. Williams' collections Journey to Love (1955) and The Desert Music (1954)  contained examples of this form. This is an extract from "The Sparrow" by Williams: