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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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6406 Parlez-Vous Francais?
6093 The Sin Of Hamlet Comments and analysis of The Sin Of Hamlet by Delmore Schwartz 2 Comments
4479 Sonnet On Famous And Familiar Sonnets And Experiences
4411 Late Autumn In Venice
4365 The Ballet Of The Fifth Year
3989 Occasional Poems
3983 O Love, Sweet Animal Comments and analysis of O Love, Sweet Animal by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
3961 The Beautiful American Word, Sure Comments and analysis of The Beautiful American Word, Sure by Delmore Schwartz 40 Comments
3675 All Night, All Night Comments and analysis of All Night, All Night by Delmore Schwartz 10 Comments
3578 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
3540 Phoenix Lyrics Comments and analysis of Phoenix Lyrics by Delmore Schwartz 6 Comments
3513 Far Rockaway
3426 America, America!
3413 Socrates Ghost Must Haunt Me Now Comments and analysis of Socrates Ghost Must Haunt Me Now by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
3400 From: A King Of Kings, A King Among The Kings
3391 Out Of The Watercolored Window, When You Look
3361 The Poet Comments and analysis of The Poet by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
3277 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
3248 Tired And Unhappy, You Think Of Houses
3246 Archaic Bust Of Apollo
3129 A Young Child And His Pregnant Mother
3127 At This Moment Of Time
3085 What Curious Dresses All Men Wear Comments and analysis of What Curious Dresses All Men Wear by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
3076 Love And Marilyn Monroe Comments and analysis of Love And Marilyn Monroe by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
3070 Sonnet: O City, City
3066 Saint, Revolutionist
3042 Poem (Old man in the crystal morning after snow)
3008 Two Lyrics From Kilroy's Carnival: A Masque
2989 Sonnet Suggested By Homer, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Paul Vakzy, James Joyce, Et Al.
2954 Albert Einstein To Archibald Macleish
2844 To Helen Comments and analysis of To Helen by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2809 What Is To Be Given
2759 Spiders Comments and analysis of Spiders by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2413 Poem (You, my photographer, you, most aware) Comments and analysis of Poem (You, my photographer, you, most aware) by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2393 In The Slight Ripple, The Mind Perceives The Heart
2317 The Greatest Thing In North America
2206 From The Graveyard By The Sea
2187 Faust In Old Age
2067 Poem (Remember midsummer: the fragrance of box)
2066 The First Night Of Fall And Falling Rain
2033 Words For A Trumpet Chorale Celebrating The Autumn
1983 Philology Recapitulates Ontology, Poetry Is Ontology
1979 Poem (Faithful to your commands, o consciousness)
1932 By Circumstances Fed
1894 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
1875 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1716 News Of The Gold World Of May
1697 Cambridge, Spring 1937
1153 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
1093 The Heavy Bear Who Goes With Me Comments and analysis of The Heavy Bear Who Goes With Me by Delmore Schwartz 5 Comments
707 The Spring Comments and analysis of The Spring by Delmore Schwartz 219 Comments
361 The Ballad Of The Children Of The Czar
331 Yeats Died Saturday In France
308 Concerning The Synthetic Unity Of Apperception
281 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 12 Comments
249 Sonnet: The Ghosts Of James And Peirce In Harvard Yard
245 This Is A Poem I Wrote At Night, Before The Dawn
229 The Choir And Music Of Solitude And Silence
176 Prothalamion Comments and analysis of Prothalamion by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
152 For The One Who Would Not Take His Life In His Hands
72 For The One Who Would Take Man's Life In His Hands
42 Poem (In the morning, when it was raining)
16 Someone Is Harshly Coughing As Before Comments and analysis of Someone Is Harshly Coughing As Before by Delmore Schwartz 19 Comments
8 Now He Knows All There Is To Know. Now He Is Acquainted With The Day And Night


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