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    The GHAZAL (pronounced as ghuzzle) is one of the oldest poetic forms. Being over 1000 years old, it originates from what is now Iran and is used most often in India.

    The ghazal is a poem that's made up of an odd numbered chain of couplets -
    generally between 5 and 15 - where each couplet is a unique poem on its own merit... Traditionally, the first couplet should rhyme and each subsequent couplet should have the second line rhyming with the 1st couplet OR be part of a "refrain." Each line should also have the same rhythm.

    The last couplet should refer to the authors' pen-name or signify some aspect of themselves in connection with the ghazal.

    Example 1 by Charles David Lipsig:

    excerpt from Alice

    Alas, she is gone. No more through this fair Wonderland goes Alice.
    But last I heard, she roams the world. Through all that is spanned
    goes Alice.

    Could rumor be true? Has she descended, scoured Hell, and freed souls?
    Damned creatures, redeemed, singing carols in her praise, grand goes

    Even though she’s no angel, her soul outshines all, second to none.
    For a light to my image and motion to my hand goes Alice.

    The last stanza refers back to the author of the inspiring work. Each line is sixteen syllables, which includes the rhyming lines. The rhyme sound is “and” and it has the refrain of “goes Alice.” Each couplet could be a separate poem. ------> excellent example of the traditional ghazal with refrain.

    Example 2 by Unknown Author:

    Raging Love

    What has this sea to rage about?
    What gnaws its heart? What fear or doubt?

    Waves crash just like a meteor
    and drive sand, crabs, and rocks to rout.

    The roar of wind, raging bellow,
    eclipses speech below a shout.

    In jumping from topic to topic, with each independent couplet - as in example #2 - the ghazal is wonderful for writing a catalog of one’s love’s features or as above of aspects of a storm, even a metaphorical one.

    Posted By MsJacquiiC | Sep 9, 2006

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