Ghazals

This week I’m studying ghazals.  I wrote one yesterday, one today.  Today’s was full of longing and sentence fragments.  At least one of these qualities is typical of a ghazal.  The one yesterday was about climate change.  They are fun to try.

Here is a list of resources.  So far small, but useful.

Reference



Ghazal Poetic Form (Academy of American Poets)

Ghazal (Poetry Foundation)

Ghazal Poetry Generator
Provides a fill-in the blank ghazal generator that counts syllables, offers rhymes, and will create a finished ghazal from your work.  Be prepared to realize how far from done your highly polished ghazal is with this helpful tool.  Good luck.

Poems:

Agha, Shahid Ali.  Call Me Ishmael Tonight:  A Book of Ghazals.  Norton, 2003.

THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE GHAZALS

Articles:

Caplan, David. “In That Thicket of Bitter Roots”: The Ghazal in America.  VQR 80.4 (2004).  Web. 18 April 2017.
 http://www.vqronline.org/essay/%E2%80%9C-thicket-bitter-roots%E2%80%9D-ghazal-america

tspoetry.  “Ghazal Poetry:  How to Write a Ghazal and Playlist!” Tweetspeak.  7 Oct. 2013 Web. 21 April 2017.  https://www.tweetspeakpoetry.com/2013/10/07/ghazal-poetry/

Video

“Very Sad Urdu Ghazal of Attaullah Khan Esakhelvi live in Mehfil E Moseeqi.”  YouTube Video.  25 April 2016.  Web.  20 April 2017.  https://youtu.be/t8Nt9ozbZnE

A very expressive performance.  I haven’t a clue as to the words, but the singer sounds vulnerable, hurt, and full of yearning.  I love it.

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