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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Scachs d'amor

Isabella, the Queen of Castille, a 15th century monarch, was one of the most powerful leaders of history. It was due to her and Ferdinand, King of Sicily and Aragon, her husband that in the later years Spain became a united entity. The Americans should be thankful to them as they encouraged Columbus to take a voyage to India, whose folly later became a legend.
During her rein a poem was written, titled 'Scachs d'amor'.The subject was love which was expressed through a metaphor. It consisted of sixty four stanzas, nine verse each. It's believed that this poem set the modern rules of a game and Isabella's grand stature became a major influence on it.

What was the metaphor used in the poem which bore the stamp of Isabella's strength?

5 comments:

MUDIT said...

From 64, I guess this could relate to Chess. Also, an important from of defence "Sicilian Defence" originates from Sicily, which is mentioned in the question. And also, as queen is the most important piece in Chess.

I am not sure of the metaphor. Is it somehow related to Checkmate?

rishabh vasu said...

No, But You Are On The Right Path..

arnav saxena said...
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arnav saxena said...

It's a game of chess between mars and venus

rishabh vasu said...

The allegory/metaphor used for love in the poem is the game of chess. In the early form of chess, the Queen could only move one step a time diagonally, also thought to be representative of women nature of insecurity, jealousy and not-to-think-straight. It's believed that the rise of Isabella then became an inspiration for the game leading to positive changes in it and Queen becoming the most powerful piece on the board. The earliest changes were presented through his poem. The rules of modern chess are said to have been same since then.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Scachs d'amor

Isabella, the Queen of Castille, a 15th century monarch, was one of the most powerful leaders of history. It was due to her and Ferdinand, King of Sicily and Aragon, her husband that in the later years Spain became a united entity. The Americans should be thankful to them as they encouraged Columbus to take a voyage to India, whose folly later became a legend.
During her rein a poem was written, titled 'Scachs d'amor'.The subject was love which was expressed through a metaphor. It consisted of sixty four stanzas, nine verse each. It's believed that this poem set the modern rules of a game and Isabella's grand stature became a major influence on it.

What was the metaphor used in the poem which bore the stamp of Isabella's strength?

5 comments:

MUDIT said...

From 64, I guess this could relate to Chess. Also, an important from of defence "Sicilian Defence" originates from Sicily, which is mentioned in the question. And also, as queen is the most important piece in Chess.

I am not sure of the metaphor. Is it somehow related to Checkmate?

rishabh vasu said...

No, But You Are On The Right Path..

arnav saxena said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
arnav saxena said...

It's a game of chess between mars and venus

rishabh vasu said...

The allegory/metaphor used for love in the poem is the game of chess. In the early form of chess, the Queen could only move one step a time diagonally, also thought to be representative of women nature of insecurity, jealousy and not-to-think-straight. It's believed that the rise of Isabella then became an inspiration for the game leading to positive changes in it and Queen becoming the most powerful piece on the board. The earliest changes were presented through his poem. The rules of modern chess are said to have been same since then.