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A Ghazal is a poem that is made up like an odd numbered chain of couplets, where each couplet is an independent poem. It should be natural to put a comma at the end of the first line. The Ghazal has a refrain of one to three words that repeat, and an inline rhyme that preceedes the refrain. Lines 1 and 2, then every second line, has this refrain and inline rhyme, and the last couplet should refer to the authors pen-name... The rhyming scheme is AA bA cA dA eA etc.

Example:
 
 
These Aged Pines
 
Amid lush fern carpet stand perpending pillars;
Into broad canopy rise impending pillars.
Shady gloom in quiet calm hangs perpetual
Neath enshrouding shelter of attending pillars.
Ringlets firm encircle hearts of antiquity,
Deeply shielded within great suspending pillars.
More than stately; more than magnificently made,
High up into heavens reach transcending pillars.
Among elder giants Zahhar walks astonished,
His heart held uplifted by extending pillars.
 
Copyright 2006 Erin Thomas