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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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6313 Parlez-Vous Francais?
6054 The Sin Of Hamlet Comments and analysis of The Sin Of Hamlet by Delmore Schwartz 2 Comments
4428 Sonnet On Famous And Familiar Sonnets And Experiences
4373 Late Autumn In Venice
4317 The Ballet Of The Fifth Year
3943 Occasional Poems
3904 O Love, Sweet Animal Comments and analysis of O Love, Sweet Animal by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
3896 The Beautiful American Word, Sure Comments and analysis of The Beautiful American Word, Sure by Delmore Schwartz 40 Comments
3620 All Night, All Night Comments and analysis of All Night, All Night by Delmore Schwartz 10 Comments
3532 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
3487 Phoenix Lyrics Comments and analysis of Phoenix Lyrics by Delmore Schwartz 6 Comments
3470 Far Rockaway
3393 America, America!
3369 Socrates Ghost Must Haunt Me Now Comments and analysis of Socrates Ghost Must Haunt Me Now by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
3359 From: A King Of Kings, A King Among The Kings
3340 Out Of The Watercolored Window, When You Look
3300 The Poet Comments and analysis of The Poet by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
3213 Tired And Unhappy, You Think Of Houses
3200 Archaic Bust Of Apollo
3195 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
3092 A Young Child And His Pregnant Mother
3077 At This Moment Of Time
3023 What Curious Dresses All Men Wear Comments and analysis of What Curious Dresses All Men Wear by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
3019 Saint, Revolutionist
3009 Sonnet: O City, City
3008 Love And Marilyn Monroe Comments and analysis of Love And Marilyn Monroe by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2983 Poem (Old man in the crystal morning after snow)
2944 Sonnet Suggested By Homer, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Paul Vakzy, James Joyce, Et Al.
2907 Albert Einstein To Archibald Macleish
2798 To Helen Comments and analysis of To Helen by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2735 What Is To Be Given
2712 Spiders Comments and analysis of Spiders by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2373 Poem (You, my photographer, you, most aware) Comments and analysis of Poem (You, my photographer, you, most aware) by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2352 In The Slight Ripple, The Mind Perceives The Heart
2277 The Greatest Thing In North America
2276 Now He Knows All There Is To Know. Now He Is Acquainted With The Day And Night
2182 Two Lyrics From Kilroy's Carnival: A Masque
2170 From The Graveyard By The Sea
2153 Faust In Old Age
2045 Poem (In the morning, when it was raining)
2036 Poem (Remember midsummer: the fragrance of box)
2030 The First Night Of Fall And Falling Rain
1997 Words For A Trumpet Chorale Celebrating The Autumn
1946 Philology Recapitulates Ontology, Poetry Is Ontology
1928 Poem (Faithful to your commands, o consciousness)
1891 By Circumstances Fed
1860 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
1841 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1679 News Of The Gold World Of May
1667 Cambridge, Spring 1937
1043 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
951 The Heavy Bear Who Goes With Me Comments and analysis of The Heavy Bear Who Goes With Me by Delmore Schwartz 2 Comments
627 Someone Is Harshly Coughing As Before Comments and analysis of Someone Is Harshly Coughing As Before by Delmore Schwartz 19 Comments
585 The Spring Comments and analysis of The Spring by Delmore Schwartz 219 Comments
328 The Ballad Of The Children Of The Czar
304 Yeats Died Saturday In France
271 Concerning The Synthetic Unity Of Apperception
201 This Is A Poem I Wrote At Night, Before The Dawn
199 The Choir And Music Of Solitude And Silence
198 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
191 Sonnet: The Ghosts Of James And Peirce In Harvard Yard
128 Prothalamion Comments and analysis of Prothalamion by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
121 For The One Who Would Not Take His Life In His Hands
25 For The One Who Would Take Man's Life In His Hands


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