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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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21079 For The One Who Would Take Man's Life In His Hands
5977 Parlez-Vous Francais?
5727 The Sin Of Hamlet Comments and analysis of The Sin Of Hamlet by Delmore Schwartz 2 Comments
4137 Sonnet On Famous And Familiar Sonnets And Experiences
4045 Late Autumn In Venice
4040 The Ballet Of The Fifth Year
3678 Occasional Poems
3428 The Beautiful American Word, Sure Comments and analysis of The Beautiful American Word, Sure by Delmore Schwartz 39 Comments
3416 O Love, Sweet Animal Comments and analysis of O Love, Sweet Animal by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
3275 All Night, All Night Comments and analysis of All Night, All Night by Delmore Schwartz 8 Comments
3228 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
3183 Phoenix Lyrics Comments and analysis of Phoenix Lyrics by Delmore Schwartz 4 Comments
3166 Far Rockaway
3126 From: A King Of Kings, A King Among The Kings
3078 Out Of The Watercolored Window, When You Look
3067 America, America!
3066 Socrates Ghost Must Haunt Me Now Comments and analysis of Socrates Ghost Must Haunt Me Now by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
3012 Tired And Unhappy, You Think Of Houses
3002 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
3000 The Choir And Music Of Solitude And Silence
2985 The Poet Comments and analysis of The Poet by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2905 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
2874 A Young Child And His Pregnant Mother
2862 Archaic Bust Of Apollo
2810 At This Moment Of Time
2764 Saint, Revolutionist
2711 What Curious Dresses All Men Wear Comments and analysis of What Curious Dresses All Men Wear by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2706 Sonnet Suggested By Homer, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Paul Vakzy, James Joyce, Et Al.
2685 Sonnet: O City, City
2636 Albert Einstein To Archibald Macleish
2624 Poem (Old man in the crystal morning after snow)
2602 Love And Marilyn Monroe Comments and analysis of Love And Marilyn Monroe by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2499 To Helen Comments and analysis of To Helen by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2375 Spiders Comments and analysis of Spiders by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2323 What Is To Be Given
2304 Prothalamion Comments and analysis of Prothalamion by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2272 This Is A Poem I Wrote At Night, Before The Dawn
2143 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
2073 In The Slight Ripple, The Mind Perceives The Heart
2038 The Greatest Thing In North America
2016 Poem (You, my photographer, you, most aware) Comments and analysis of Poem (You, my photographer, you, most aware) by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
1921 Faust In Old Age
1890 From The Graveyard By The Sea
1886 Two Lyrics From Kilroy's Carnival: A Masque
1875 Now He Knows All There Is To Know. Now He Is Acquainted With The Day And Night
1861 For The One Who Would Not Take His Life In His Hands
1805 Poem (Remember midsummer: the fragrance of box)
1793 The First Night Of Fall And Falling Rain
1697 Words For A Trumpet Chorale Celebrating The Autumn
1679 Poem (In the morning, when it was raining)
1671 Poem (Faithful to your commands, o consciousness)
1639 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
1635 By Circumstances Fed
1619 Sonnet: The Ghosts Of James And Peirce In Harvard Yard
1593 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1590 Philology Recapitulates Ontology, Poetry Is Ontology
1431 Cambridge, Spring 1937
1416 News Of The Gold World Of May
327 Someone Is Harshly Coughing As Before Comments and analysis of Someone Is Harshly Coughing As Before by Delmore Schwartz 18 Comments
282 Concerning The Synthetic Unity Of Apperception
233 The Heavy Bear Who Goes With Me Comments and analysis of The Heavy Bear Who Goes With Me by Delmore Schwartz 2 Comments
107 The Spring Comments and analysis of The Spring by Delmore Schwartz 215 Comments
74 The Ballad Of The Children Of The Czar
67 Yeats Died Saturday In France


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