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.
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.
Agha, Shahid Ali. Call Me Ishmael Tonight: A Book of Ghazals. Norton, 2003.
Caplan, David. “In That Thicket of Bitter Roots”: The Ghazal in America. VQR 80.4 (2004). Web. 18 April 2017.
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/
“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.