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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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21240 For The One Who Would Take Man's Life In His Hands
6203 Parlez-Vous Francais?
5965 The Sin Of Hamlet Comments and analysis of The Sin Of Hamlet by Delmore Schwartz 2 Comments
4317 Sonnet On Famous And Familiar Sonnets And Experiences
4279 Late Autumn In Venice
4221 The Ballet Of The Fifth Year
3852 Occasional Poems
3779 O Love, Sweet Animal Comments and analysis of O Love, Sweet Animal by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
3724 The Beautiful American Word, Sure Comments and analysis of The Beautiful American Word, Sure by Delmore Schwartz 40 Comments
3542 All Night, All Night Comments and analysis of All Night, All Night by Delmore Schwartz 10 Comments
3417 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
3364 Phoenix Lyrics Comments and analysis of Phoenix Lyrics by Delmore Schwartz 6 Comments
3351 Far Rockaway
3308 America, America!
3273 Socrates Ghost Must Haunt Me Now Comments and analysis of Socrates Ghost Must Haunt Me Now by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
3272 From: A King Of Kings, A King Among The Kings
3243 Out Of The Watercolored Window, When You Look
3204 The Poet Comments and analysis of The Poet by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
3136 Tired And Unhappy, You Think Of Houses
3094 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
3072 Archaic Bust Of Apollo
3005 A Young Child And His Pregnant Mother
2983 At This Moment Of Time
2941 Saint, Revolutionist
2925 What Curious Dresses All Men Wear Comments and analysis of What Curious Dresses All Men Wear by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2909 Sonnet: O City, City
2903 Love And Marilyn Monroe Comments and analysis of Love And Marilyn Monroe by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2867 Sonnet Suggested By Homer, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Paul Vakzy, James Joyce, Et Al.
2856 Poem (Old man in the crystal morning after snow)
2820 Albert Einstein To Archibald Macleish
2720 To Helen Comments and analysis of To Helen by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2627 What Is To Be Given
2610 Spiders Comments and analysis of Spiders by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2260 In The Slight Ripple, The Mind Perceives The Heart
2257 Poem (You, my photographer, you, most aware) Comments and analysis of Poem (You, my photographer, you, most aware) by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2192 The Greatest Thing In North America
2184 Now He Knows All There Is To Know. Now He Is Acquainted With The Day And Night
2082 From The Graveyard By The Sea
2074 Faust In Old Age
2070 Two Lyrics From Kilroy's Carnival: A Masque
1955 Poem (Remember midsummer: the fragrance of box)
1955 The First Night Of Fall And Falling Rain
1935 Poem (In the morning, when it was raining)
1903 Words For A Trumpet Chorale Celebrating The Autumn
1849 Poem (Faithful to your commands, o consciousness)
1822 Philology Recapitulates Ontology, Poetry Is Ontology
1811 By Circumstances Fed
1785 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
1755 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1588 News Of The Gold World Of May
1586 Cambridge, Spring 1937
779 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
731 The Heavy Bear Who Goes With Me Comments and analysis of The Heavy Bear Who Goes With Me by Delmore Schwartz 2 Comments
532 Someone Is Harshly Coughing As Before Comments and analysis of Someone Is Harshly Coughing As Before by Delmore Schwartz 19 Comments
422 The Spring Comments and analysis of The Spring by Delmore Schwartz 219 Comments
240 The Ballad Of The Children Of The Czar
227 Yeats Died Saturday In France
184 Concerning The Synthetic Unity Of Apperception
120 The Choir And Music Of Solitude And Silence
104 This Is A Poem I Wrote At Night, Before The Dawn
84 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
77 Sonnet: The Ghosts Of James And Peirce In Harvard Yard
58 For The One Who Would Not Take His Life In His Hands
7 Prothalamion Comments and analysis of Prothalamion by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment


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