What is Gwen Harwood's poem "A Game of Chess" about?
Nightfall: the town’s chromatic nocturne wakes
dark brilliance on the river; colours drift
and tremble as enormous shadows lift
Orion to his place. The heart remarks
that peace torn in the blaze of day. Inside
your room are music, warmth and wine, the board
with chessmen set for play. The harpsichord
begins a fugue; delight is multiplied.
A game: the heart’s impossible ideal—
to choose among a host of paths, and know
that if the kingdom crumbles one can yield
and have the choice again. Abstract and real
joined in their trance of thought, two players show
the calm of gods above a troubled field.
Okay, is it really describing a simple game of chess? Love? I am probably reading too far into it.
- © ♪♫♪ tori ♫♪♫Lv 79 years agoFavorite Answer
The first thought that comes to me is from the 1968 movie "The Thomas Crowne Affair" with Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway. That chess game was pure seduction, and the movie was far superior to the 1999 version with Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo.
places to read about the poem:
A Game of Chess" by Gwen Harwood
"The way that the persona describes the scene of the chess game is very compelling. The simple chessboard design of the board is now described as an epic battlefield. Gwen makes a comparison between the condition of the cold battlefield outside and the calm warmth inside the room where the chessboard is set up. The persona puts responsibility in the hands of the players by assuming the possibility of the kingdom "crumbling". With this in mind, the contenders in the chess game become higher beings capable of determining the fate of the battle. Though it may just seem like an innocent game of chess, it is far more than that. It is not just a game; it is war."
I see night in Harwood's poem with the reference to Orion (the Hunter) rising, the color of night, etc.
I've been reading George R. R. Martin's The Game of Thrones http://www.amazon.com/dp/0345529057?tag=vikitarran...
So I have the sense of a battlefield and the great and minor houses involved in putting a king or queen on the throne.Source(s): . ♪♫♪ tori ♫♪♫
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