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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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21100 For The One Who Would Take Man's Life In His Hands
6009 Parlez-Vous Francais?
5750 The Sin Of Hamlet Comments and analysis of The Sin Of Hamlet by Delmore Schwartz 2 Comments
4159 Sonnet On Famous And Familiar Sonnets And Experiences
4078 Late Autumn In Venice
4072 The Ballet Of The Fifth Year
3695 Occasional Poems
3455 The Beautiful American Word, Sure Comments and analysis of The Beautiful American Word, Sure by Delmore Schwartz 39 Comments
3447 O Love, Sweet Animal Comments and analysis of O Love, Sweet Animal by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
3331 All Night, All Night Comments and analysis of All Night, All Night by Delmore Schwartz 9 Comments
3253 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
3209 Phoenix Lyrics Comments and analysis of Phoenix Lyrics by Delmore Schwartz 4 Comments
3183 Far Rockaway
3147 From: A King Of Kings, A King Among The Kings
3100 America, America!
3100 Out Of The Watercolored Window, When You Look
3095 Socrates Ghost Must Haunt Me Now Comments and analysis of Socrates Ghost Must Haunt Me Now by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
3040 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
3028 Tired And Unhappy, You Think Of Houses
3024 The Choir And Music Of Solitude And Silence
3008 The Poet Comments and analysis of The Poet by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2938 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
2901 Archaic Bust Of Apollo
2896 A Young Child And His Pregnant Mother
2837 At This Moment Of Time
2789 Saint, Revolutionist
2737 Sonnet Suggested By Homer, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Paul Vakzy, James Joyce, Et Al.
2731 What Curious Dresses All Men Wear Comments and analysis of What Curious Dresses All Men Wear by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2709 Sonnet: O City, City
2659 Albert Einstein To Archibald Macleish
2653 Poem (Old man in the crystal morning after snow)
2639 Love And Marilyn Monroe Comments and analysis of Love And Marilyn Monroe by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2545 To Helen Comments and analysis of To Helen by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2410 Spiders Comments and analysis of Spiders by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2352 What Is To Be Given
2340 Prothalamion Comments and analysis of Prothalamion by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2322 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
2305 This Is A Poem I Wrote At Night, Before The Dawn
2111 In The Slight Ripple, The Mind Perceives The Heart
2060 The Greatest Thing In North America
2039 Poem (You, my photographer, you, most aware) Comments and analysis of Poem (You, my photographer, you, most aware) by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
1954 Faust In Old Age
1945 Now He Knows All There Is To Know. Now He Is Acquainted With The Day And Night
1912 Two Lyrics From Kilroy's Carnival: A Masque
1911 From The Graveyard By The Sea
1883 For The One Who Would Not Take His Life In His Hands
1831 Poem (Remember midsummer: the fragrance of box)
1815 The First Night Of Fall And Falling Rain
1718 Words For A Trumpet Chorale Celebrating The Autumn
1709 Poem (Faithful to your commands, o consciousness)
1704 Poem (In the morning, when it was raining)
1658 By Circumstances Fed
1657 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
1644 Sonnet: The Ghosts Of James And Peirce In Harvard Yard
1624 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1619 Philology Recapitulates Ontology, Poetry Is Ontology
1462 Cambridge, Spring 1937
1443 News Of The Gold World Of May
354 Someone Is Harshly Coughing As Before Comments and analysis of Someone Is Harshly Coughing As Before by Delmore Schwartz 18 Comments
324 Concerning The Synthetic Unity Of Apperception
302 The Heavy Bear Who Goes With Me Comments and analysis of The Heavy Bear Who Goes With Me by Delmore Schwartz 2 Comments
132 The Spring Comments and analysis of The Spring by Delmore Schwartz 215 Comments
106 The Ballad Of The Children Of The Czar
98 Yeats Died Saturday In France


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