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Biography of Delmore Schwartz

Delmore Schwartz

Delmore Schwartz (1913 - 1966)

Delmore Schwartz (December 8, 1913 - 1966) was an American poet from Brooklyn, New York. His first published work was the short story "In Dreams Begin Responsibilities", which was published in 1937 in the Partisan Review. This and other short stories and poems were collected and released in his first book, In Dreams Begin Responsibilities and Other Stories (1938). It was well-received, and made him a well-known figure in New York intellectual circles. There he became known as a democratic Socialist, and associated with Irving Howe.

Over the next three decades he published numerous stories, poems, and plays, and edited the Partisan Review from 1943 to 1955. In 1959, he became the youngest recipient of the Bollingen Prize, awarded for a collection of poetry he released that year, Summer Knowledge: New and Selected Poems. His poem "Calmly We Walk Through This April's Day" from this collection, along with "In Dreams Begin Responsibilities", inspired the Star Trek movie Star Trek: Generations.

The expression "In Dreams Begin Responsibilities" is a favorite among literary intellectuals and shows up in unexpected places (i.e. the movie Deep Cover).

However, his later life was marred by alcoholism and finally insanity; this downward spiral following his initial success formed the basis for Saul Bellow's novel Humboldt's Gift.

In 1962, Schwartz began teaching creative writing at Syracuse University. One of his students was Lou Reed, who dedicated several songs to his mentor (most notably "European Son").


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64 Poems written by Delmore Schwartz

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A Dream Of Whitman Paraphrased, Recognized And Made More Vivid By Renoir Comments and analysis of A Dream Of Whitman Paraphrased, Recognized And Made More Vivid By Renoir by Delmore Schwartz 9 Comments
A Young Child And His Pregnant Mother
Albert Einstein To Archibald Macleish
All Night, All Night Comments and analysis of All Night, All Night by Delmore Schwartz 6 Comments
America, America!
Apollo Musagete, Poetry, And The Leader Of The Muses Comments and analysis of Apollo Musagete, Poetry, And The Leader Of The Muses by Delmore Schwartz 2 Comments
Archaic Bust Of Apollo
At This Moment Of Time
By Circumstances Fed
Calmly We Walk Through This April's Day Comments and analysis of Calmly We Walk Through This April's Day by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
Cambridge, Spring 1937
Concerning The Synthetic Unity Of Apperception
Far Rockaway
Faust In Old Age
For The One Who Would Not Take His Life In His Hands
For The One Who Would Take Man's Life In His Hands
From The Graveyard By The Sea
From: A King Of Kings, A King Among The Kings
In The Naked Bed, In Plato's Cave Comments and analysis of In The Naked Bed, In Plato's Cave by Delmore Schwartz 4 Comments
In The Slight Ripple, The Mind Perceives The Heart
Late Autumn In Venice
Love And Marilyn Monroe Comments and analysis of Love And Marilyn Monroe by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
News Of The Gold World Of May
Now He Knows All There Is To Know. Now He Is Acquainted With The Day And Night
O Love, Sweet Animal
Occasional Poems
Out Of The Watercolored Window, When You Look
Parlez-Vous Francais?
Philology Recapitulates Ontology, Poetry Is Ontology
Phoenix Lyrics Comments and analysis of Phoenix Lyrics by Delmore Schwartz 2 Comments
Poem (Faithful to your commands, o consciousness)
Poem (In the morning, when it was raining)
Poem (Old man in the crystal morning after snow)
Poem (Remember midsummer: the fragrance of box)
Poem (You, my photographer, you, most aware) Comments and analysis of Poem (You, my photographer, you, most aware) by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
Prothalamion Comments and analysis of Prothalamion by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
Saint, Revolutionist
Socrates Ghost Must Haunt Me Now Comments and analysis of Socrates Ghost Must Haunt Me Now by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
Someone Is Harshly Coughing As Before Comments and analysis of Someone Is Harshly Coughing As Before by Delmore Schwartz 18 Comments
Sonnet On Famous And Familiar Sonnets And Experiences
Sonnet Suggested By Homer, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Paul Vakzy, James Joyce, Et Al.
Sonnet: O City, City
Sonnet: The Ghosts Of James And Peirce In Harvard Yard
Spiders Comments and analysis of Spiders by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
The Ballad Of The Children Of The Czar
The Ballet Of The Fifth Year
The Beautiful American Word, Sure Comments and analysis of The Beautiful American Word, Sure by Delmore Schwartz 39 Comments
The Choir And Music Of Solitude And Silence
The First Night Of Fall And Falling Rain
The Greatest Thing In North America
The Heavy Bear Who Goes With Me Comments and analysis of The Heavy Bear Who Goes With Me by Delmore Schwartz 2 Comments
The Journey Of A Poem Compared To All The Sad Variety Of Travel Comments and analysis of The Journey Of A Poem Compared To All The Sad Variety Of Travel by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
The Poet Comments and analysis of The Poet by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
The Sin Of Hamlet Comments and analysis of The Sin Of Hamlet by Delmore Schwartz 2 Comments
The Spring Comments and analysis of The Spring by Delmore Schwartz 212 Comments
This Is A Poem I Wrote At Night, Before The Dawn
Tired And Unhappy, You Think Of Houses
To Helen Comments and analysis of To Helen by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
Two Lyrics From Kilroy's Carnival: A Masque
What Curious Dresses All Men Wear Comments and analysis of What Curious Dresses All Men Wear by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
What Is To Be Given
Words For A Trumpet Chorale Celebrating The Autumn
Yeats Died Saturday In France


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