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Ghazal Point Example Effect
10 stanzas of equal length (2 lines) Suggests unity accentuating the subject of the poem; love. It suggests that the speaker wants to be linked
Traditional structure of a Ghazal (An Arabic with their lover, so they are always a couple.
prayer) The poem follows the Ghazal rules; it begins and ends with a rhyming couplet; there is no enjambment
between stanzas; and the poets name should be cleverly incorporated into the final stanza. Most Ghazal
poems are about love and separation, and forbidden or impossible love. Historically they were spiritual or
religious poems with the beloved as a metaphor for God, but were also erotic. This Ghazal is written from the
point of view of the lover whose beloved is portrayed as beyond reach or unattainable.
Repetition `If' `me' The repetition of the conditional word `if' makes the speaker sound wistful and full of desire for a relationship
Enjambment `don't hang on my lips' that is so far unfulfilled. Repetition of `me' in the first and last stanza portrays the poet's name `Mimi'. The
Conditional `if' poet's name is also portrayed through play on words as the speaker states she will be `twice the me', which
Imperative verbs `subdue', 'bedew', 'pursue', `renew'
could imply the poet's name again.
First person `I'
Alliteration, Onomatopoeia and long vowels `grass and you the breeze, blow The enjambment causes the line to literally `hang' on the lips as the natural pause at the end of the line gives
Alliteration through' the impression of dropping down to the next line and the words `on my lips' come as a complete surprise.
Innuendos `rhyme' `refrain' Most of the couplets begin with `if', creating a condition which is fulfilled in the second half.
`come and I'll come too', `If yours is the It uses imperative verbs in the second line of couplets 1 to 8. They are used to entice the listener into the
iron fist in the velvet glove' relationship and are all rhyming words used to fulfil the rules of the Ghazal form.
The use of first person makes the poem seem more personal.
The use of alliteration, onomatopoeia and long vowels, suggests the sound of the wind blowing
The alliteration of `r' creates and either stronger link between rhyme and refrain, showing the compatibility
between the speaker and her beloved.
This innuendo shows that she is submissive and wants him to control her as she is suggesting she will follow
his lead. Her submissive side is also seen through `use your charm', `tattoo me' and `subdue me' as she is
requesting for him to tell her what to do and direct her actions. It also suggests the erotic side of life and her
desire to be with him in every way.
Gentle and violent imagery `if I am the grass and you the breeze', `if The contrasts between the gentle and violent imagery shows the 2 sides of love; the nurturing and caring side
Metaphors mine is the venomous tongue, the and the fierce and fiery passion and desire of the speaker's feelings.
Paired metaphors serpent's tail' Tattoos are permanent. By comparing this to her love for him, it is suggested that her love for him will remain
`tattoo me', `flame' and `moth',
constant forever.
`shadow' and `hawk'
`If I am the rose and you the bird' The lovers also entrance and bewitch one another. The lover sees herself as a `flame' to her beloved's `moth'
and a `shadow' to his `hawk', both suggesting that the love between them is irresistible.
The use of paired illustrates she feels they belong together and complete one another you can't have one
without the other. This enforces the passion she feels towards the need to be with him as she uses powerful
imagery to demonstrate her point.
Last line of each stanza rhymes `woo me', `cue me', `subdue me' The shers (couplets) are also linked through a refrain or `radif' which runs throughout the poem ­ `woo me',
12 syllables in each line `cue me', `subdue me'. This builds a powerful repetitive rhythm which lends its self to persuasion and
suggests Khalvati's first name.
Each long line contains 12 syllables and the stanzas are all in pairs when the poem is read aloud, therefore, it
has to be read slowly for the longing mood to be heard and felt.

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A lover can complete a person Use of paired metaphors such as ` I am Suggests you can't have one without the other and emphasizes her need to be with him. Both images are
Love and longing can be positive and negative the grass and you the breeze' and `dew concerned with physical closeness and suggest the idea that the love of another person is an experience which
to bedew me' causes a transformation or change.…read more


Aimee Longstaff

This was so useful, thank god you uploaded it! I missed the lesson on Ghazal in school so this may have literally saved me for the exam- thaannkyooouuu!!!!!!!!!!! :)


Thank you Holly! :D

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