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(8 December 1913 - 11 July 1966 / Brooklyn / New York / United States)

Delmore Schwartz
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Delmore Schwartz was born December 8, 1913, in Brooklyn to Romanian immigrant parents. Their marriage however failed and this affected him all his life.

Biography

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,
    Threw it down, became a lamb.''
    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...
  • ''Troy burned for a sea-tax, also for
    Possession of a charming whore.''
    Delmore 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...
  • ''MWhat do all examples show?
    What can any actor know?
    The contradiction in every act,
    The infinite task of the human heart."''
    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...
  • ''Love is the tact of every good,
    The only warmth, the only peace.''
    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...
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