|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.
Poets owe debts, so disburse lines of verse.
Martial was master of brief bits of wit.
Ovid once offered a guide book on love.
Juvenal's poems were scornful of vice.
Vergil's Aenid was epic in scope.
Horace, in lyric tones, penned many odes.
Senex, let's face it, your ghazal is dreck.