Friday, February 1, 2013
Chess is a game of logic
To continue our class discussion today, I thought another reason that Elliot named the second section of his Waste Land "A Game of Chess." Chess is a game of logic. Modernists like Elliot focused on logic and stressed getting away from nature and spiritual stuff in Romanticism. Naming a section after chess really helps to show TS Elliot's intentions of making his poem no nonsense and to the point like modernists strived for. Like we said earlier, "A Game of Chess" was also the name of a play in the 1600s. Modernists used classic literature in their work because of the reason and logic that they got out of it. Chess in many ways stands as a symbol for reason and logic. It is a game that requires skill and strategy to succeed in which makes it perfect for T.S. Elliot to use in Waste Land.