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‘Ghazal’

‘Ghazal’ Mimi Khalvati revision notes GCSE English Ormerod

PoemKey Points
‘Ghazal’ Mimi Khalvati SUMMARY Love poem in the ghazal structure in which a speaker seeks to secure the love and attention of another. It gives the impression that love is unrequited.
‘Ghazal’ Mimi Khalvati THEMES The idea that a lover can complete a person. Love and longing can be both positive and negative. Many images from nature.
‘Ghazal’ Mimi Khalvati FEELINGS Intense love. Longing. Playfulness. Pleasure.
‘Ghazal’ Mimi Khalvati STRUCTURE Ancient Persian form of poetry similar to a sonnet. Each stanza is a 2 line couplet. Each stanza is a complete sentence. End of each couplet rhymes through the repetition of 'me'.
‘Ghazal’ Mimi Khalvati LANGUAGE Extensive use of metaphors - many relating to pairs of items or objects that complement each other. Language relating to nature and magic
‘Ghazal’ Mimi Khalvati KEY QUOTES 'iron fist in the velvet glove' 'hawk to my shadow - moth to my flame' 'charmer, use your charm, weave a spell and subdue me.' 'I'll be twice the me'
‘Ghazal’ Mimi Khalvati LINKS TO… ‘The Farmer’s Bride’, ‘Nettles’ and ‘Hour’ - natural imagery. ‘To His Coy Mistress’, 'In Paris with You' and ‘Hour’ - lust, longing.
Created by: lesleycollins