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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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22135 The Spring Comments and analysis of The Spring by Delmore Schwartz 212 Comments
20938 For The One Who Would Take Man's Life In His Hands
5823 Parlez-Vous Francais?
5792 The Heavy Bear Who Goes With Me Comments and analysis of The Heavy Bear Who Goes With Me by Delmore Schwartz 2 Comments
5605 The Sin Of Hamlet Comments and analysis of The Sin Of Hamlet by Delmore Schwartz 2 Comments
3997 Sonnet On Famous And Familiar Sonnets And Experiences
3938 The Ballet Of The Fifth Year
3845 The Ballad Of The Children Of The Czar
3839 Late Autumn In Venice
3577 Occasional Poems
3285 The Beautiful American Word, Sure Comments and analysis of The Beautiful American Word, Sure by Delmore Schwartz 39 Comments
3256 O Love, Sweet Animal
3079 All Night, All Night Comments and analysis of All Night, All Night by Delmore Schwartz 6 Comments
3074 Far Rockaway
3061 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
3034 Phoenix Lyrics Comments and analysis of Phoenix Lyrics by Delmore Schwartz 2 Comments
3015 From: A King Of Kings, A King Among The Kings
3007 Out Of The Watercolored Window, When You Look
2940 America, America!
2930 Tired And Unhappy, You Think Of Houses
2923 Socrates Ghost Must Haunt Me Now Comments and analysis of Socrates Ghost Must Haunt Me Now by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2900 The Choir And Music Of Solitude And Silence
2893 The Poet Comments and analysis of The Poet by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2841 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
2777 A Young Child And His Pregnant Mother
2764 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
2720 Archaic Bust Of Apollo
2669 Saint, Revolutionist
2666 At This Moment Of Time
2621 What Curious Dresses All Men Wear Comments and analysis of What Curious Dresses All Men Wear by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2585 Sonnet Suggested By Homer, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Paul Vakzy, James Joyce, Et Al.
2582 Sonnet: O City, City
2505 Poem (Old man in the crystal morning after snow)
2479 Love And Marilyn Monroe Comments and analysis of Love And Marilyn Monroe by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2474 Albert Einstein To Archibald Macleish
2346 To Helen Comments and analysis of To Helen by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2279 Yeats Died Saturday In France
2264 Spiders Comments and analysis of Spiders by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2209 What Is To Be Given
2191 Prothalamion Comments and analysis of Prothalamion by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2148 This Is A Poem I Wrote At Night, Before The Dawn
1929 In The Slight Ripple, The Mind Perceives The Heart
1910 The Greatest Thing In North America
1873 Poem (You, my photographer, you, most aware) Comments and analysis of Poem (You, my photographer, you, most aware) by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
1814 From The Graveyard By The Sea
1776 Faust In Old Age
1771 Two Lyrics From Kilroy's Carnival: A Masque
1769 For The One Who Would Not Take His Life In His Hands
1696 The First Night Of Fall And Falling Rain
1658 Now He Knows All There Is To Know. Now He Is Acquainted With The Day And Night
1647 Poem (Remember midsummer: the fragrance of box)
1595 Poem (In the morning, when it was raining)
1564 By Circumstances Fed
1554 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
1532 Words For A Trumpet Chorale Celebrating The Autumn
1523 Poem (Faithful to your commands, o consciousness)
1514 Sonnet: The Ghosts Of James And Peirce In Harvard Yard
1500 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1468 Philology Recapitulates Ontology, Poetry Is Ontology
1328 Cambridge, Spring 1937
1318 News Of The Gold World Of May
1230 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
194 Someone Is Harshly Coughing As Before Comments and analysis of Someone Is Harshly Coughing As Before by Delmore Schwartz 18 Comments
154 Concerning The Synthetic Unity Of Apperception


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