Ghazal

The ghazal is a Persian poetic form consisting of an uneven number of couplets. Each couplet has 8-15 syllables per line, and that length is repeated throughout. The first two lines end in the same word, and the last line of each successive couplet should end in that same word. The rhyming pattern requires that the word preceding the repeated word must rhyme with all the other words in that position. The last couplet is addressed to the writer himself, using a nickname.

A Classical Ghazal

Poets owe debts, so disburse lines of verse.
Booksellers print and disperse lines of verse.

Martial was master of brief bits of wit.
Epigrams sting; they are terse lines of verse.

Ovid once offered a guide book on love.
Fescennine verses were worse lines of verse.

Juvenal's poems were scornful of vice.
Satire makes use of averse lines of verse.

Vergil's Aenid was epic in scope.
Elegies signify hearse lines of verse.

Horace, in lyric tones, penned many odes.
Many a student will curse lines of verse.

Senex, let's face it, your ghazal is dreck.
Practice your dactyls to nurse lines of verse.


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