In poetry (and as the lyrics in songs), the ghazal is a poetic form consisting of couplets which share a rhyme and a refrain. (The word "ghazal" is pronounced roughly like the English word "guzzle.") The form is ancient, originating in medieval Persian verse; it spread early into India. English languagepoets have written in the ghazal form mostly from the early twentieth century. The Kashmiri-American poet Agha Shahid Ali was a proponent of the form, both in English and in other languages; he edited a volume of "real ghazals in English."
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