English Literature KS3 / GCSE: 'Ghazal' by Mimi Khalvati (analysis)

Mimi Khalvati, filmed in a park and cafe setting, talks about her poem 'Ghazal'.

She explores how the poem reflects her interest in poetry from her cultural background and her approach to writing poetry.

She reads extracts from the poem.

This is from the series: Poets in Person

Teacher Notes

Khalvati defines a Ghazal as a 'little song' or Eastern sonnet.

Students could compare the poem to one of Shakespeare's sonnets.

How do structured forms help us to convey complex emotions?

Khalvati draws comparisons with modern love songs which are also simple, but nonetheless powerful expressions of emotion.

Can students write their own modern love poem using the correct Ghazal structure and tone?

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching English Literature at KS3 and KS4/GCSE in England and Northern Ireland. Also English language at KS3 and English Literature at GCSE in Wales.

This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC in England and Wales and CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland.

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