India, Pakistan & the Middle East, Part 1 | A World of Poetry

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India, Pakistan & the Middle East, Part 1

In India, Pakistan and the middle east, a form of poetry called the ghazal (pronounced "guzzle") has been popular for over a thousand years. Ghazal means "love poem." Its modern form is often set to classical Indian music. Ghazals are composed "shers," or sets of two lines. Shers often stand by themselves as complete poems. The following are shers that have been translated into English.   

The beauty of a garden is not only because of flowers but also due to thorns
To live in this world, one also needs sorrows (along with happiness)

 - Saba Afghani