Hello Everyone, and before I begin, I thought I’d explain first of all our title change.
As you know, some months ago Jen from ‘Blog it or Lose it!’ joined me to flesh out the Saturday prompt, which up until that time was dedicated exclusively to the ‘shadorma’, so now we do a double prompt as it were, the introduction of a new poetry form each week which we invite you to try and of course the ‘shadorma’ our original raison d’être! At that time I, Bastet (my pen name) and Jen teamed up.
All haiku poets at one time or another adopt a pen name … and our Jen has finally decided upon hers, Paloma (Dove), so she’s decided to use her pen name in our little effort at Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie.
Now back to work … and a little work it will be if you choose to try this week’s form. It’s one of my favourite forms. Born in dawn of antiquity, the Ghazal غزل comes from ancient Arabic from before the rise of Islam. With the expansion of Islam it reached Persia (or Iran) and South Asia. It became a favoured form of two great Persian Sufi, Hafiz and Rumi … which is how I came across the form. Since then it has come a long way. If you want more information about the history of Ghazal please click HERE. For a vast selection of examples please click HERE.
How does one write a Ghazal:
1. Every verse is a 2-line couplet, (unless you’re Robert Bly) with around 4 to 15 couplets in total.
2. Each line must contain the same number of syllables (in Arabic, they must be the same length we use syllables).
3. Every verse ends in the same word(s) preceded by a rhyme.
The same repeating word(s) is/are called a radif, and the rhyme is called a qaafiya.
4. In the first couplet, both lines end with a qaafiya (rhyme) and radif (repeating word(s)).
5. Each verse is considered a separate mini-poem, so there is no need for any connection between couplets.
6. The last verse is traditionally a signature couplet in which you include your first or last name (or pen name).
Traditionally the preferred subject of a Ghazal is love …. though in our modern age it’s used for just about any subject.
Here’s an example of a Ghazal that I wrote a while back for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie:
Mind of a Mage
In the off-wings behind her veiled blind of a mage –
She’s not young, her gray hairs remind me of a mage …
Languid eyes, rosy cheeks and a solemn stare –
She hides behind the twisted mind of a mage …
More like a wizard than a witch … devious is she
Weaving words complacently – with her mind of a mage …
Always right, or so she thinks, she drives me mad!
Proud and austere – devious mind of a mage …
Ah women – bedeviled creatures one and all,
Beware friend, of their serpent mind of a mage …
I her man, am trapped in her spider’s web …
She’s bewitching – with her mind of a mage.
(c) G.s.k. ’14
Here is our prompt:
So your choice this week is between a shadorma (a non-rhyming six-line poem in 3/5/3/3/7/5) or a Ghazal. The choice is yours! When you have written your poem(s), please TAG them B&P’s Shadorma and Beyond and MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie. Then add your link to the Mister Linky widget below.
Have fun and Happy Easter! Bastet