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This article is about the poetry stanza. For river with same name, see Matla River. For the island and country, see Malta.

The Matla (Arabic/Urdu: مطلع) is the first sher, or couplet, of a ghazal, a collection of poems in Urdu or Persian poetry.It is possible, although extremely rare, for there to be more than one matla in a ghazal; in this case the second is referred to as matla-e-sani, literally the second matla. It is important part because it establishes the overall form and mood of the entire ghazal.

The defining feature of the matla is that both verses of the couplet rhyme, or expressed in technical terminology, both verses end with the qaafiyaa and radif of the ghazal. In fact, the purpose of the matla is to define the qaafiya and radif for the rest of the ghazal.

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The Guardian

The Guardian
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 22:00:00 -0800

Photograph: Matla Seetelo. Diepkloof in Soweto has consistently produced world-class soccer players, from Kaizer Chief and national team star Jimmy Tau to Lucas Radebe, who played for Leeds United during the late 1990s. This is the – very dusty – field ...

Habs Eyes on the Prize (blog)

Habs Eyes on the Prize (blog)
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 07:00:00 -0800

IceCaps Weekly Report: Jacob de la Rose leading a struggling offence. By Scott Matla @scottmatla on Feb 9, 2016, 10:00a 10. St. John's IceCaps / www.colinpeddle.com. With major contributors struggling offensively, the Swedish forward did his part to ...


Sun, 08 Nov 2015 19:45:00 -0800

PLANNING: Cosatu acting general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali says shutting down Kopano ke Matla is a political decision, but that it will help the federation overcome its financial difficulties. Picture: THE TIMES ...

Whitby Today

Whitby Today
Sun, 07 Feb 2016 05:39:16 -0800

Mat Matla and Robin Coulson hit a brace apiece. A penalty by keeper Ash Buck, a Macca Riley effort and a goal from seasoned campaigner Chris Rooke completing the scoring for Commercial. Ayton surged into second place in Division Two with a 15-2 win ...


Thu, 14 Jan 2016 01:26:01 -0800

As with all Indian festivals, Uttarayan has its special foods and eats: Surti undhiyu, matla undhiyu, jalebi, bor/ber (Ziziphus mauritiana), sugarcane, peanut and sesame brittles (chiki), ponk and much more. Behram Contractor once wrote that the ...

Habs Eyes on the Prize (blog)

Habs Eyes on the Prize (blog)
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 04:56:15 -0800

IceCaps Weekly Report: Scherbak is finding his scoring touch. By Scott Matla @scottmatla on Feb 2, 2016, 8:00a 5 · St. John's IceCaps. After a slow start and several injuries, the rookie forward is starting to produce offense for St. John's. Tweet ...

Habs Eyes on the Prize (blog)

Habs Eyes on the Prize (blog)
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 09:02:56 -0800

Luckily for me, I have a colleague at EOTP named Scott Matla, who penned not one, not two, not three, but four pieces detailing his research on fighting in hockey. He was able to conclude that fighting, and the presence of enforcers on NHL teams do not ...

Today's Slapshot

Today's Slapshot
Sat, 30 Jan 2016 12:16:54 -0800

Scott Matla reasons that John Scott is the “unlikely hero” of the upcoming All-Star game. Find out why at HabsEyesOnThePrize.com. Jonathan Willis has been one of the strongest stats-based writers online for several seasons know. That's why his recent ...

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