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Structure, Metrical Requirement, Rhyme Scheme Requirement, Other
Requirement, Isosyllabic, Stanzaic
Ghazal (pronounced, ghuzzle, apparently). Its over
1000 years old, possibly originated in what is now Iran and is
used a lot in India.
The Ghazal has the following rules.
- It is made up of 5 to 15 couplets.
- Each couplet must be a poem unto itself.
- Traditionally, the first couplet should rhyme.
- 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
- Each line must have the same rhythm.
- The last couplet is often the poets signature, referring to their state of mind or some aspect of themselves in connection of the
aa ba ca da, etc.
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Couplets, Musaddas, Qasida