Delmore Schwartz was born December 8, 1913, in Brooklyn to Romanian immigrant parents. Their marriage however failed and this affected him all his life.
Inspite of his unhappy and unsettled childhood though he was was a gifted and intellectual young student. He enrolled early at Columbia University, and also studied at the University of Wisconsin, eventually receiving his bachelor's degree in 1935 in philosophy from New York University.
In 1936 he won the Bowdoin Prize in the Humanities for his essay Poetry as Imitation. In 1937 his short story In Dreams Begin Responsibilities was published in Partisan Review a left wing magazine.The ... more »
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''Tiger Christ unsheathed his sword,Delmore Schwartz (1913-1966), U.S. poet, critic. For the One Who Would Take Man's Life in His Hands (l. 1-2). . . Modern American & British Poetry...
Threw it down, became a lamb.''
''Troy burned for a sea-tax, also forDelmore Schwartz (1913-1966), U.S. poet, critic. For the One Who Would Take Man's Life in His Hands (l. 9-10). . . Modern American & British Poetr...
Possession of a charming whore.''
''MWhat do all examples show?Delmore Schwartz (1913-1966), U.S. poet, critic. For the One Who Would Take Man's Life in His Hands (l. 29-32). . . Modern American & British Poet...
What can any actor know?
The contradiction in every act,
The infinite task of the human heart."''
''Love is the tact of every good,Delmore Schwartz (1913-1966), U.S. poet, critic. For the One Who Would Take Man's Life in His Hands (l. 21-22). . . Modern American & British Poet...
The only warmth, the only peace.''
''So, so,Delmore Schwartz (1913-1966), U.S. poet, critic. In the Naked Bed, in Plato's Cave (l. 27-31). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard...
O son of man, the ignorant night, the travail
Of early morning, the mystery of beginning
Again and again,
while History is unforgiven.''
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