A ghazal is made up of an odd numbered chain of couplets (a pair of lines using the same metre). Each couplet could stand alone as an independent poem. It should be natural to include a comma at the end of the first line of each couplet. The poem should include a refrain of 1-3 words that repeat in both lines 1 and 2, then again in every 2nd line of each couplet. The rhyme structure for a ghazal is an inline rhyme that precedes the refrain. Most of the time the last couplet will include to the author’s pen-name.

Rhyme scheme: AA bA cA dA eA, etc

The links below contain examples of ghazal poetry:

Ascend by Carrie Page

Behind the Mask by Carrie Page

Hands by Carrie Page


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