To Resign or Not To Resign
This is something I wrote for English lit class. If you have any lines that you think might be better, or if this has been done before, please tell me.
1 To resign or not to resign – that is the question:
2 Whether ‘tis honorable to risk the plight of the Sicilian,
3 Or to take up bishops against a wall of knights,
4 And by attacking, trap them. To checkmate to check –
5 No more – and by a checkmate to end,
6 The blunders and the thousand natural openings,
7 That chess is prone to – ‘tis a board
8 Often to be feared. To checkmate, to check–
9 To check perchance to draw.
10 For when awaiting a checkmate what draws may come,
11 Alas after we have shuffled off a humiliating defeat,
12 Must give us ponderings. There’s the arrogance
13 That makes calamity of so long a game.
14 For who would bear the tactics and pressure of Chess,
15 Th’ trapped rooks, the awkward knights,
16 The pawns of despised walls, the opponents delay
17 The immobility of the king, the scholars mate
18 That all intellectuals force upon the inexperienced.
19 Why not tip the king and end a weary game,
20 Who chooses to think and sweat under an identical game
21 But to dread the drop in your rating
22 And to face the downward spiral from where
23 No traveler returns, puzzles the player
24 And makes us stupefied of our analysis
25 Which sickens us to the tactics we know
26 Rather than learn ones we don’t?
27 Fear of mates makes cowards of us all,
28 Our risky sacrifices turn weak on extensive variations
29 Defenses that should be carried out early get
30 Sidetracked, and stop being defenses entirely…