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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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21162 For The One Who Would Take Man's Life In His Hands
6082 Parlez-Vous Francais?
5813 The Sin Of Hamlet Comments and analysis of The Sin Of Hamlet by Delmore Schwartz 2 Comments
4242 Sonnet On Famous And Familiar Sonnets And Experiences
4161 Late Autumn In Venice
4145 The Ballet Of The Fifth Year
3767 Occasional Poems
3601 O Love, Sweet Animal Comments and analysis of O Love, Sweet Animal by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
3539 The Beautiful American Word, Sure Comments and analysis of The Beautiful American Word, Sure by Delmore Schwartz 40 Comments
3437 All Night, All Night Comments and analysis of All Night, All Night by Delmore Schwartz 10 Comments
3331 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
3271 Phoenix Lyrics Comments and analysis of Phoenix Lyrics by Delmore Schwartz 6 Comments
3246 Far Rockaway
3201 From: A King Of Kings, A King Among The Kings
3167 Socrates Ghost Must Haunt Me Now Comments and analysis of Socrates Ghost Must Haunt Me Now by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
3166 America, America!
3161 Out Of The Watercolored Window, When You Look
3123 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 11 Comments
3083 The Poet Comments and analysis of The Poet by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
3069 Tired And Unhappy, You Think Of Houses
3007 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
2983 Archaic Bust Of Apollo
2952 A Young Child And His Pregnant Mother
2898 At This Moment Of Time
2859 Saint, Revolutionist
2850 What Curious Dresses All Men Wear Comments and analysis of What Curious Dresses All Men Wear by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2813 Sonnet: O City, City
2805 Sonnet Suggested By Homer, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Paul Vakzy, James Joyce, Et Al.
2735 Poem (Old man in the crystal morning after snow)
2727 Albert Einstein To Archibald Macleish
2725 Love And Marilyn Monroe Comments and analysis of Love And Marilyn Monroe by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2608 To Helen Comments and analysis of To Helen by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2505 Spiders Comments and analysis of Spiders by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2504 What Is To Be Given
2412 Prothalamion Comments and analysis of Prothalamion by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2372 This Is A Poem I Wrote At Night, Before The Dawn
2168 In The Slight Ripple, The Mind Perceives The Heart
2127 Poem (You, my photographer, you, most aware) Comments and analysis of Poem (You, my photographer, you, most aware) by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2115 The Greatest Thing In North America
2076 Now He Knows All There Is To Know. Now He Is Acquainted With The Day And Night
2008 Faust In Old Age
1983 Two Lyrics From Kilroy's Carnival: A Masque
1969 From The Graveyard By The Sea
1955 For The One Who Would Not Take His Life In His Hands
1897 Poem (Remember midsummer: the fragrance of box)
1868 The First Night Of Fall And Falling Rain
1810 Words For A Trumpet Chorale Celebrating The Autumn
1801 Poem (In the morning, when it was raining)
1761 Poem (Faithful to your commands, o consciousness)
1725 By Circumstances Fed
1710 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
1684 Philology Recapitulates Ontology, Poetry Is Ontology
1683 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1507 Cambridge, Spring 1937
1496 News Of The Gold World Of May
497 The Heavy Bear Who Goes With Me Comments and analysis of The Heavy Bear Who Goes With Me by Delmore Schwartz 2 Comments
419 Someone Is Harshly Coughing As Before Comments and analysis of Someone Is Harshly Coughing As Before by Delmore Schwartz 19 Comments
266 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
207 The Spring Comments and analysis of The Spring by Delmore Schwartz 219 Comments
171 The Ballad Of The Children Of The Czar
157 Yeats Died Saturday In France
87 Concerning The Synthetic Unity Of Apperception
48 The Choir And Music Of Solitude And Silence
13 Sonnet: The Ghosts Of James And Peirce In Harvard Yard


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