The ghazal is composed of a minimum of five couplets. The first couplet introduces a scheme, made up of a rhyme followed by a refrain. Subsequent couplets pick up the same scheme in the second line only, repeating the refrain and rhyming the second line with both lines of the first stanza. The final couplet usually includes the poet’s signature, referring to the author in the first or third person, and frequently including the poet’s own name or a derivation of its meaning. (From poets.org)
Tonight will be a lesson on the ghazal form. Leading us through the fray will be Poetry Lab member, Victoria Lynne McCoy.
Victoria holds an M.F.A. in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has appeared in Boxcar Poetry Review, Used Furniture Review, PANK, Union Station Magazine, and the anthology Best New Poets 2012. She is a former member of the louderARTS Project in New York City, Victoria was the 2011 and 2012 Frost Place Poetry Work Fellow. Victoria recently relocated from Brooklyn, New York back to Southern California. It is a privilege to have her at The Poetry Lab and we look forward to learning from her this exciting, if not tricky form.
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