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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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6372 Parlez-Vous Francais?
6082 The Sin Of Hamlet Comments and analysis of The Sin Of Hamlet by Delmore Schwartz 2 Comments
4459 Sonnet On Famous And Familiar Sonnets And Experiences
4402 Late Autumn In Venice
4354 The Ballet Of The Fifth Year
3978 Occasional Poems
3958 O Love, Sweet Animal Comments and analysis of O Love, Sweet Animal by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
3937 The Beautiful American Word, Sure Comments and analysis of The Beautiful American Word, Sure by Delmore Schwartz 40 Comments
3657 All Night, All Night Comments and analysis of All Night, All Night by Delmore Schwartz 10 Comments
3564 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
3521 Phoenix Lyrics Comments and analysis of Phoenix Lyrics by Delmore Schwartz 6 Comments
3502 Far Rockaway
3415 America, America!
3400 Socrates Ghost Must Haunt Me Now Comments and analysis of Socrates Ghost Must Haunt Me Now by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
3389 From: A King Of Kings, A King Among The Kings
3369 Out Of The Watercolored Window, When You Look
3343 The Poet Comments and analysis of The Poet by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
3242 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
3237 Tired And Unhappy, You Think Of Houses
3229 Archaic Bust Of Apollo
3117 A Young Child And His Pregnant Mother
3115 At This Moment Of Time
3058 What Curious Dresses All Men Wear Comments and analysis of What Curious Dresses All Men Wear by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
3053 Love And Marilyn Monroe Comments and analysis of Love And Marilyn Monroe by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
3052 Sonnet: O City, City
3047 Saint, Revolutionist
3025 Poem (Old man in the crystal morning after snow)
2984 Two Lyrics From Kilroy's Carnival: A Masque
2975 Sonnet Suggested By Homer, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Paul Vakzy, James Joyce, Et Al.
2939 Albert Einstein To Archibald Macleish
2831 To Helen Comments and analysis of To Helen by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2772 What Is To Be Given
2745 Spiders Comments and analysis of Spiders by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2402 Poem (You, my photographer, you, most aware) Comments and analysis of Poem (You, my photographer, you, most aware) by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2382 In The Slight Ripple, The Mind Perceives The Heart
2305 The Greatest Thing In North America
2192 From The Graveyard By The Sea
2177 Faust In Old Age
2060 Poem (Remember midsummer: the fragrance of box)
2052 The First Night Of Fall And Falling Rain
2026 Words For A Trumpet Chorale Celebrating The Autumn
1974 Philology Recapitulates Ontology, Poetry Is Ontology
1956 Poem (Faithful to your commands, o consciousness)
1912 By Circumstances Fed
1884 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
1864 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1703 News Of The Gold World Of May
1687 Cambridge, Spring 1937
1115 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
1052 The Heavy Bear Who Goes With Me Comments and analysis of The Heavy Bear Who Goes With Me by Delmore Schwartz 2 Comments
666 The Spring Comments and analysis of The Spring by Delmore Schwartz 219 Comments
350 The Ballad Of The Children Of The Czar
324 Yeats Died Saturday In France
298 Concerning The Synthetic Unity Of Apperception
250 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
232 Sonnet: The Ghosts Of James And Peirce In Harvard Yard
231 This Is A Poem I Wrote At Night, Before The Dawn
219 The Choir And Music Of Solitude And Silence
159 Prothalamion Comments and analysis of Prothalamion by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
141 For The One Who Would Not Take His Life In His Hands
59 For The One Who Would Take Man's Life In His Hands
18 Now He Knows All There Is To Know. Now He Is Acquainted With The Day And Night
15 Poem (In the morning, when it was raining)
7 Someone Is Harshly Coughing As Before Comments and analysis of Someone Is Harshly Coughing As Before by Delmore Schwartz 19 Comments


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