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Mimi Khalvati: Ghazal

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Sample question

In your exam you will be asked to compare a certain aspect of one poem with another. In order to do this, we need to get to know this poem a bit better by considering one of its main aspects.

What follows is a sample question which concentrates on one feature of the poem and an answer (not necessarily complete!) to the question.

Question

Write about the relationships presented in To His Coy Mistress and Ghazal.

Answer

Points you could make:

  • Both poems are about wooing a lover, seeking to convince the other of the merits of a relationship.
  • To His Coy Mistress is directly sexual whereas Ghazal is focused on the relationship as a whole.
  • Both poems link the idea of love to larger ideas like the passage of time.
  • In both poems the speakers propose the idea that without love they are nothing. In To His Coy Mistress the argument centres around the idea of life being wasted without surrendering to passion whereas Ghazal is more concerned with enduring love.

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