ghazal

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

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ghazal (plural ghazals)

  1. A poetic form mostly used for love poetry in Middle Eastern, South, and Central Asian poetry.
    • 2001, Orhan Pamuk, My Name Is Red, tr. Erdağ M. Göknar:
      Indeed, this is a realm where colors harmoniously recite magnificent ghazals to each other, where time stops, where the Devil never appears.
    • 2005, Salman Rushdie, Shalimar the Clown, Vintage 2006, p. 100:
      A poet could explain him to himself but he was a soldier and had no place to go for ghazals or odes.

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