Background of Poet
- Mimi Khalvati was born in Tehran and raised on the Isle of Wight
- She went to boarding school
- She strated writing poetry after having children
- A Ghazal is a form of ancient persian poetry
- They are often connected wiht the idea of love and longing
- Poem mentions the famous writer Rumi, who wrote a series of Ghazals to his close friend.
- The speaker is seeking the attention of another person
- The response of the onbject of their affections is unclear but suggests that her feelings are not reciprocated
- The poem is written in couplets
- Gives the impression of pairs, and by writing in this structure the poet is forcing the pair to be together, even when their feelings are not the same
- Extensive use of metaphors, comparing the relationship to two complimentary objects, reflecting the way the speaker views the relationship
- Compares to a rhyme and a refrian, Suggests that the two are part of a larger whole, though the speaker is the lesser half (less inventive, orignial, important).
- Speaker uses 'spell' to suggest that love is magical and powerful, referencing its ability to change people and 'subdue' a venemous snake. Could suggest that she sees herself as unworthy because snakes are connected with evil.
- Low self-esteem shown in 'laurel leaf in your crown', shows the 'partner' to be a high achiever, worthy of laurel crowns where as…
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