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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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First LineComments
"I have been one acquainted with the night" - Robert Frost Comments and analysis of All Night, All Night by Delmore Schwartz 10 Comments
"The trumpet is a brilliant instrument." - Dietrich Buxtehude
"the withness of the body" --Whitehead Comments and analysis of The Heavy Bear Who Goes With Me by Delmore Schwartz 12 Comments
"little soul, little flirting, Comments and analysis of Prothalamion by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
"Poet and veteran of childhood, look!
"the cure of souls." Henry James
"Trash, trash!" the king my uncle said,
(after Spillane) Comments and analysis of Love And Marilyn Monroe by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
(Robert Frost, 1875-1963)
(After Rilke) Comments and analysis of The Spring by Delmore Schwartz 219 Comments
(After Rilke)
(After Rilke)
(After Valery) Comments and analysis of To Helen by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
(After Valery)
(With much help from Robert Good, William Shakespeare,
A poem moves forward, Comments and analysis of The Journey Of A Poem Compared To All The Sad Variety Of Travel by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
At four years Nature is mountainous,
At last the air fragrant, the bird's bubbling whistle
Athlete, virtuoso,
By circumstances fed
Caesar, the amplifier voice, announces
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
Come, let us rejoice in James Joyce, in the greatness of this poet,
Faithful to your commandments, o consciousness, o Comments and analysis of Philology Recapitulates Ontology, Poetry Is Ontology by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
I Comments and analysis of Phoenix Lyrics by Delmore Schwartz 6 Comments
I am a poet of the Hudson River and the heights above it,
I Aria
I Christmas Poem for Nancy
I looked toward the movie, the common dream,
I should have been a plumber fixing drains.
In memory of D. W. Prall
In the morning, when it was raining,
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 fishes dart
Is the spider a monster in miniature? Comments and analysis of Spiders by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
Let me not, ever, to the marriage in Cana
News of the Gold World of May in Holland Michigan:
Nothing is given which is not taken. Comments and analysis of Apollo Musagete, Poetry, And The Leader Of The Muses by Delmore Schwartz 2 Comments
O Love, dark animal, Comments and analysis of O Love, Sweet Animal by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
Old man in the crystal morning after snow,
Poem Faithful to your commands, o consciousness, o
Remember midsummer: the fragrance of box, of white
Saint, revolutionist,
Silence is a great blue bell
Socrates ghost must haunt me now, Comments and analysis of Socrates Ghost Must Haunt Me Now by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
Some who are uncertain compel me. They fear
Someone is harshly coughing on the next floor, Comments and analysis of Someone Is Harshly Coughing As Before by Delmore Schwartz 19 Comments
The beautiful American word, Sure, Comments and analysis of The Beautiful American Word, Sure by Delmore Schwartz 41 Comments
The common rain had come again
The horns in the harbor booming, vaguely, Comments and analysis of The Sin Of Hamlet by Delmore Schwartz 2 Comments
The riches of the poet are equal to his poetry Comments and analysis of The Poet by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
This is a poem I wrote before I died and was reborn:
This is the greatest thing in North America:
Tiger Christ unsheathed his sword,
Tired and unhappy, you think of houses
To live between terms, to live where death
Twenty-eight naked young women bathed by the shore Comments and analysis of A Dream Of Whitman Paraphrased, Recognized And Made More Vivid By Renoir by Delmore Schwartz 12 Comments
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,
When from the watercolored window idly you look
Where the sea gulls sleep or indeed where they fly
Yeats died Saturday in France.
You, my photographer, you, most aware, Comments and analysis of Poem (You, my photographer, you, most aware) by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment

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