Doha (poetry)

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For the town in Kuwait, see Doha and For the city in Qatar, see Doha


Doha (Hindi: दोहा, Urdu: دوہا ) is a form of self-contained rhyming couplet in poetry. This genre of poetry first became common in Apabhramsha and was commonly used in Hindi and Urdu poetry.

Among the most famous dohas are those of Sarahpa, Kabir, Rahim, Tulsidas, Jamiluddin Aali and Surdas.

Doha is identified by a syllable count 13/11 or 11/13, counted with a value of 1 in case of Hrasva(Short sounding letter) and 2 in case of Dhirga(long sounding letter)

Here is a doha by Rahim:

जो रहीम उत्तम प्रकृति, का कर सकत कुसंग | <br>2 121 121 111/ 2 11 111 112 ==> 13/11 <br>चन्दन विष व्यापत नहीं, लपटे रहत भुजंग || <br>211 11 1211 12/ 112 111 112 ==> 13/11<br>Says Rahim, one who is of inherently noble nature, will remain unaffected even when he associates with bad people. The sandalwood plant does not absorb poison when the snakes wind around it.

Many Hindi poets have created several books which explain whole stories and epics in the form of dohas. The most popular is Tulasidas' Ramcharitmanas, a popular rendition of the Sanskrit epic, Ramayana.

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