Definitions

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  • n. A poetic form mostly used for love poetry in Turkish, Urdu, Arabic, and Persian.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of Oriental lyric, and usually erotic, poetry, written in recurring rhymes.

Etymologies

Persian غزل, from Arabic غزل (gházal, "to display love to the loved one via speech, to exchange talk of love with the loved one"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They are, of course, about both, but the nature of the ghazal is to be about several things at once: the beloved and the state and god; the seasons, age, death and eternity, intoxication and meditation, and, of course, language.

    Anis Shivani: Poetry As a Bridge Across Cultures: Anis Shivani Interviews Marilyn Hacker

  • A ghazal is a song that sounds secular on the face of it.

    The Qawwals and Qawwali « bollywoods most wanted photographerno1

  • In fact, in India and Pakistan, ghazal is also a separate, distinct musical genre in which many of the same songs are performed in a different musical style, and in a secular context.

    The Qawwals and Qawwali « bollywoods most wanted photographerno1

  • A ghazal is traditionally a love poem, but modern writers use the form and not the theme - the form being that it consists of several two-line stanzas, and certain words are repeated at the end of every stanza.

    Poetry: Moments of a Mosque

  • For his NSO-commissioned Concerto for Four Soloists, which had its world premiere Thursday, he assembled two other big names in Indian music: Shankar Mahadevan, much feted for his work as a film composer and singer; and Hariharan, another film singer who specializes in the traditional sung poetic form called ghazal.

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  • Perhaps the most popular form of poetry in Pakistan is the ghazal, which is made up of five or more units of two lines each and often sung.

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  • Sometime back, ghazal singer Rekha Surya, often known as ghazal queen Begum Akhtar's youngest disciple, was paying her guru a tribute at a concert held at the India Islamic Cultural centre in New Delhi.

    The Hindu - Front Page

  • As we daven this prayer, notice how it feels to return to the word "tal" which ends each line; this prayer mirrors the Arabic poetic form called ghazal, and that repeated end-word is like a refrain.

    Velveteen Rabbi

  • By definition, a ghazal is a collection of two-line couplets that may or may not have a thematic link but are each complete thoughts by themselves.

    Screen News

  • In English it gets rendered as 'ghazal' a particular form of Urdu/Persian poetry in which the lover is always referred to as a 'he'.

    languagehat.com: GHASELIG.

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  • from semitic root - gzl - to spin

    April 14, 2012

  • He felt as he had at seventeen, when, as a Dayton Chaminade senior, he'd set himself the task of writing one Persian-style ghazal a day. Back then, he knew he would become a poet. Now he filled with this sense of awful fraudulence, new lyric possibilities.
    --Richard Powers, 2007, The Echo Maker, p. 315

    November 7, 2008