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A Game of Chess

An analysis of the poem "A Game of Chess" by Gwen Harwood.

Tarek Dawoudiah

on 7 October 2012

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Transcript of A Game of Chess

"A Game of Chess" By Gwen Harwood INTRODUCTION Gwen Harwood was an Australian poet and librettist. She published over than 420 works (386 poems). She was considered as one of Australia's best poets.

She was born on the 8th of June 1920 and past away in 1995. LITERAL MEANING The poem starts off with Harwood describing the scenery of the nightfall. She also points out how "torn" things fall back into their places. She also describes a room with the chess board in it.

In the second stanza she talks about the game of chess and outlines the circumstance of choosing a troubled path. She also describes how calm chess players are. This poem is a Petrarchan sonnet, but octave and sestet are in 2 stanzas. Harwood clearly uses the octave to set up the settings and an emotional question.

The sestet used answer that question.
by this structure the setting of the poem which gives a calm mood is being separate from the problem which make it easier for reader to detect the problem STRUCTURE Harwood's message in this poem is love is a complicated game. If you don't succeed in the first path there is always other paths you can talk.
In this poem Harwood relates the game of chess to the game of love as they both allow you to chose different paths and if you don't succeed the first time you are always able to have a second try MESSAGE USE OF NATURE LIKE ELEMENTS Harwood uses nature like elements in the poem to create a calm and static mood by imagery, symbolism etc. Harwood uses personification in giving nocturne the ability to wake brilliance. In doing so, she creates the feeling that at nightfall, good things, such as brilliance, are brought out of hiding by elements of the night. Harwood in the 5th line of the octave visualizes the "blaze of day”. The imagery of the "blaze," which is a bright fire radiating heat, creates a contrast to the serenity she had been describing the night with. PERSONIFICATION The following slides will each present how Harwood conveys her message through Personification, Imagery, and Symbolisim. IMAGERY Harwood uses symbolism to not directly state something but however come at it from a different angle which creates more depth in the poem. SYMBOLISM In the first stanza Harwood discuss what is in the house. She uses the following words: Music, Warmth, and Wine.
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