Ghazal Analysis

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  • Ghazal
    • Similar to a sonnet
    • About securing the love and attention of another
    • One sided love
    • Made up of couplets
      • End of each couplet rhymes
    • Extensive use of metaphors
      • Exploring relationship between speaker and the one they love
      • Pair of items that compliment each other
    • Two sides of relationship being like "rhyme" and "refrain"
      • Two lovers being part of a larger whole
      • Connects two through poetry and creativity
      • Speaker is "refrain" and lover is "rhyme"
        • Two lovers being part of a larger whole
    • Fourth stanza: reference to "spell" hints at powerful magic of love
      • Ability to transform and change
    • If I am the laurel leaf in your crown, you arethe arms around my bark, arms that never knew me
      • Metaphor of speaker as leaf from tree. Only contact with loved one is through tree bark
      • Character appears to have low self esteem
        • Lover worthy of laurel crowns
          • Character is a leaf in crown
            • Character appears to have low self esteem
              • Lover worthy of laurel crowns
                • Character is a leaf in crown
      • What shape should I take to marry your own, have you- hawk to my shadow, moth to my flame - pursue me?
        • Use of "marry" is pun, meaning to "match up"
        • Destructive nature of feelings
      • Frequent reference to the idea that a lover can complete a person
        • Natural imagery of pairs that enhance each other
        • Physical closeness
      • Love and longing can be both positive and negative
        • "yours is the iron fist in the velvet glove"
        • "mine is the venomous tongue.../charmer, use your charm"
          • Contrasting images that reflect the pleasure and pain of love.
            • "yours is the iron fist in the velvet glove"
      • Compare to "In Paris With You" and "The Farmers Bride"

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