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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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6731 Parlez-Vous Francais?
6208 The Sin Of Hamlet Comments and analysis of The Sin Of Hamlet by Delmore Schwartz 2 Comments
4608 Sonnet On Famous And Familiar Sonnets And Experiences
4538 Late Autumn In Venice
4483 The Ballet Of The Fifth Year
4185 O Love, Sweet Animal Comments and analysis of O Love, Sweet Animal by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
4144 The Beautiful American Word, Sure Comments and analysis of The Beautiful American Word, Sure by Delmore Schwartz 41 Comments
4105 Occasional Poems
3796 All Night, All Night Comments and analysis of All Night, All Night by Delmore Schwartz 10 Comments
3720 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
3672 Phoenix Lyrics Comments and analysis of Phoenix Lyrics by Delmore Schwartz 6 Comments
3642 Far Rockaway
3565 America, America!
3564 The Poet Comments and analysis of The Poet by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
3522 Socrates Ghost Must Haunt Me Now Comments and analysis of Socrates Ghost Must Haunt Me Now by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
3515 From: A King Of Kings, A King Among The Kings
3409 Archaic Bust Of Apollo
3336 Tired And Unhappy, You Think Of Houses
3262 At This Moment Of Time
3225 A Young Child And His Pregnant Mother
3213 Sonnet: O City, City
3209 Poem (Old man in the crystal morning after snow)
3199 Two Lyrics From Kilroy's Carnival: A Masque
3194 Saint, Revolutionist
3150 What Is To Be Given
3095 Sonnet Suggested By Homer, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Paul Vakzy, James Joyce, Et Al.
3072 Albert Einstein To Archibald Macleish
3029 Spiders Comments and analysis of Spiders by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2939 To Helen Comments and analysis of To Helen by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2556 Poem (You, my photographer, you, most aware) Comments and analysis of Poem (You, my photographer, you, most aware) by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2485 In The Slight Ripple, The Mind Perceives The Heart
2410 The Greatest Thing In North America
2309 Faust In Old Age
2306 From The Graveyard By The Sea
2209 Poem (Remember midsummer: the fragrance of box)
2164 The First Night Of Fall And Falling Rain
2154 Words For A Trumpet Chorale Celebrating The Autumn
2140 Poem (Faithful to your commands, o consciousness)
2094 Philology Recapitulates Ontology, Poetry Is Ontology Comments and analysis of Philology Recapitulates Ontology, Poetry Is Ontology by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2070 By Circumstances Fed
2034 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
1987 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1846 News Of The Gold World Of May
1824 Cambridge, Spring 1937
1558 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
1508 The Heavy Bear Who Goes With Me Comments and analysis of The Heavy Bear Who Goes With Me by Delmore Schwartz 11 Comments
841 The Spring Comments and analysis of The Spring by Delmore Schwartz 219 Comments
454 The Ballad Of The Children Of The Czar
441 Concerning The Synthetic Unity Of Apperception
422 Yeats Died Saturday In France
398 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 12 Comments
361 Sonnet: The Ghosts Of James And Peirce In Harvard Yard
359 This Is A Poem I Wrote At Night, Before The Dawn
357 The Choir And Music Of Solitude And Silence
314 Prothalamion Comments and analysis of Prothalamion by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
264 For The One Who Would Not Take His Life In His Hands
248 Poem (In the morning, when it was raining)
221 For The One Who Would Take Man's Life In His Hands
160 Out Of The Watercolored Window, When You Look
141 Now He Knows All There Is To Know. Now He Is Acquainted With The Day And Night
128 Someone Is Harshly Coughing As Before Comments and analysis of Someone Is Harshly Coughing As Before by Delmore Schwartz 19 Comments
116 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
114 Love And Marilyn Monroe Comments and analysis of Love And Marilyn Monroe by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
103 What Curious Dresses All Men Wear Comments and analysis of What Curious Dresses All Men Wear by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment


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