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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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6806 Parlez-Vous Francais?
6227 The Sin Of Hamlet Comments and analysis of The Sin Of Hamlet by Delmore Schwartz 2 Comments
4626 Sonnet On Famous And Familiar Sonnets And Experiences
4555 Late Autumn In Venice
4505 The Ballet Of The Fifth Year
4227 O Love, Sweet Animal Comments and analysis of O Love, Sweet Animal by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
4221 The Beautiful American Word, Sure Comments and analysis of The Beautiful American Word, Sure by Delmore Schwartz 41 Comments
4124 Occasional Poems
3840 All Night, All Night Comments and analysis of All Night, All Night by Delmore Schwartz 10 Comments
3748 Phoenix Lyrics Comments and analysis of Phoenix Lyrics by Delmore Schwartz 6 Comments
3735 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
3690 Far Rockaway
3618 The Poet Comments and analysis of The Poet by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
3609 America, America!
3545 Socrates Ghost Must Haunt Me Now Comments and analysis of Socrates Ghost Must Haunt Me Now by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
3530 From: A King Of Kings, A King Among The Kings
3455 Archaic Bust Of Apollo
3350 Tired And Unhappy, You Think Of Houses
3306 At This Moment Of Time
3251 Poem (Old man in the crystal morning after snow)
3248 Sonnet: O City, City
3241 Two Lyrics From Kilroy's Carnival: A Masque
3241 What Is To Be Given
3237 A Young Child And His Pregnant Mother
3235 Saint, Revolutionist
3121 Sonnet Suggested By Homer, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Paul Vakzy, James Joyce, Et Al.
3087 Albert Einstein To Archibald Macleish
3080 Spiders Comments and analysis of Spiders by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2952 To Helen Comments and analysis of To Helen by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2600 Poem (You, my photographer, you, most aware) Comments and analysis of Poem (You, my photographer, you, most aware) by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2502 In The Slight Ripple, The Mind Perceives The Heart
2424 The Greatest Thing In North America
2325 Faust In Old Age
2317 From The Graveyard By The Sea
2246 Poem (Remember midsummer: the fragrance of box)
2177 The First Night Of Fall And Falling Rain
2170 Words For A Trumpet Chorale Celebrating The Autumn
2166 Poem (Faithful to your commands, o consciousness)
2109 Philology Recapitulates Ontology, Poetry Is Ontology Comments and analysis of Philology Recapitulates Ontology, Poetry Is Ontology by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
2101 By Circumstances Fed
2079 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
2003 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1858 Cambridge, Spring 1937
1858 News Of The Gold World Of May
1669 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
1631 The Heavy Bear Who Goes With Me Comments and analysis of The Heavy Bear Who Goes With Me by Delmore Schwartz 12 Comments
865 The Spring Comments and analysis of The Spring by Delmore Schwartz 219 Comments
482 Concerning The Synthetic Unity Of Apperception
473 The Ballad Of The Children Of The Czar
436 Yeats Died Saturday In France
423 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
378 This Is A Poem I Wrote At Night, Before The Dawn
376 Sonnet: The Ghosts Of James And Peirce In Harvard Yard
374 The Choir And Music Of Solitude And Silence
359 Prothalamion Comments and analysis of Prothalamion by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
300 Poem (In the morning, when it was raining)
282 For The One Who Would Not Take His Life In His Hands
238 For The One Who Would Take Man's Life In His Hands
224 Out Of The Watercolored Window, When You Look
207 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
160 Now He Knows All There Is To Know. Now He Is Acquainted With The Day And Night
148 Someone Is Harshly Coughing As Before Comments and analysis of Someone Is Harshly Coughing As Before by Delmore Schwartz 19 Comments
144 Love And Marilyn Monroe Comments and analysis of Love And Marilyn Monroe by Delmore Schwartz 1 Comment
133 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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