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Ghazal

Type:  

Structure, Metrical Requirement, Rhyme Scheme Requirement, Other Requirement, Isosyllabic, Stanzaic

 
Description: 

Ghazal (pronounced, ghuzzle, apparently). It’s over 1000 years old, possibly originated in what is now Iran and is used a lot in India.

The Ghazal has the following rules.

  1. It is made up of 5 to 15 couplets.
  2. Each couplet must be a poem unto itself.
  3. Traditionally, the first couplet should rhyme.
  4. Traditionally, the rest of the couplets should have the second line rhyming with the first couplet. There can also be a refrain with each of the rhyme words.
  5. Each line must have the same rhythm.
  6. The last couplet is often the poet’s “signature,” referring to their state of mind or some aspect of themselves in connection of the poem.

 
Origin: 

Persian

 
Schematic: 
aa ba ca da, etc.
 
Rhythm/Stanza Length: 

2

 
Examples: 

 
See Also:  

Couplets, Musaddas, Qasida

 
Status: 

Incomplete

 

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