The structure of Spires’s “Ghazal” will be addressed later in detail, but one cannot analyze the poem’s meaning without acknowledging the importance of its style. Contemporary writers of ghazals take some liberties with the original standard form but leave enough intact to make the framework recognizable. In this poem, Spires uses a pair of homonyms instead of rhyming words in the couplets, and the like-sounding terms she has selected greatly strengthen the work’s message and tone. “Morning” and “mourning” produce an intriguing play off of one...
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