NaPoWriMo Prompt 8

By on Apr 8, 2015 in Blog

Flooded Tukuls at Sunset

“Flooded Tukuls at Sunset” by UN Photo (https://www.flickr.com/photos/un_photo/)

We’ve reached the letter “G,” and there are very few poetic terms that start with that letter. There is, however, a very interesting form, the “Ghazal.” According to the Poetry Foundation:

Originally an Arabic verse form dealing with loss and romantic love, medieval Persian poets embraced the ghazal, eventually making it their own. Consisting of syntactically and grammatically complete couplets, the form also has an intricate rhyme scheme. Each couplet ends on the same word or phrase (the radif), and is preceded by the couplet’s rhyming word (the qafia, which appears twice in the first couplet). The last couplet includes a proper name, often of the poet’s.

The Poetry Foundation page on the ghazal includes links to a couple examples.

Feel free to share your poem (or a link to your poem) in the comments.

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Alyce Wilson is the editor of Wild Violet and in her copious spare time writes humor, non-fiction, fiction and poetry, keeps an online journal, and is working on a book, Belated Mommy: How to Cope With Being an Older Mom. Her first chapbook, Picturebook of the Martyrs; her e-book/pamphlet, Stay Out of the Bin! An Editor's Tips on Getting Published in Lit Mags (which she plans to update this year); her book of essays and columns, The Art of Life; and her humorous nonfiction ebook, Dedicated Idiocy: How Monty Python Fandom Changed My Life, can all be ordered from her Web site, AlyceWilson.com. She lives with her husband and son in the Philadelphia area and takes far too many photos of her handsome, creative third grader, nicknamed Kung Fu Panda.