Who is Delmore Schwartz

Delmore Schwartz (December 8, 1913 – July 11, 1966) was an American poet and short story writer.

Early life Schwartz was born in 1913 in Brooklyn, New York, where he also grew up. His parents, Harry and Rose, both Romanian Jews, separated when Schwartz was nine, and their divorce had a profound effect on him. He had a younger brother, Kenneth. In 1930, Schwartz's father suddenly died at the age of 49. Though Harry had accumulated a good deal of wealth from his dealings in the real estate business, Delmore inherited only a small amount of that money as the result of the shady dealings of the executor of Harry's estate. According to Schwartz's biographer, James Atlas, "Delmore continued to hope that he would eventually receive his legacy [even] as late as 1...
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Delmore Schwartz Poems

  • Baudelaire
    When I fall asleep, and even during sleep,
    I hear, quite distinctly, voices speaking
    Whole phrases, commonplace and trivial,
    Having no relation to my affairs. ...
  • Dogs Are Shakespearean, Children Are Strangers
    Dogs are Shakespearean, children are strangers.
    Let Freud and Wordsworth discuss the child,
    Angels and Platonists shall judge the dog,
    The running dog, who paused, distending nostrils, ...
  • In The Naked Bed, In Plato's Cave
    In the naked bed, in Plato's cave,
    Reflected headlights slowly slid the wall,
    Carpenters hammered under the shaded window,
    Wind troubled the window curtains all night long, ...
  • Poem (in The Morning, When It Was Raining)
    In the morning, when it was raining,
    Then the birds were hectic and loudy;
    Through all the reign is fall's entertaining;
    Their singing was erratic and full of disorder: ...
  • Poem (old Man In The Crystal Morning After Snow)
    Old man in the crystal morning after snow,
    Your throat swathed in a muffler, your bent
    Figure building the snow man which is meant
    For the grandchild's target, ...
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Top 10 most used topics by Delmore Schwartz

Love 22 I Love You 22 Night 21 Long 21 Death 20 Time 20 White 20 Great 19 Heart 18 Sea 16


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  • Bladt: “…as you know i want to die in brooklyn which is abysmal too, but a less foreign abyss.” delmore schwartz
  • Saintgeorge___: time is the school in which we learn, time is the fire in which we burn. - delmore schwartz
  • Arthurlwood: 'whence, if ever, shall come the actuality of a voice speaking the mind's knowing, the sunlight bright on the green windowshade, and the self articulate, affectionate, and flowing' - delmore schwartz, sonnet: o city, city listen here:
  • Spill_words: all roads lead to rome written by: iulia halatz   all roads lead to rome and poetry - delmore schwartz all words lead to love and the poetry in the afterlove i wish i wrote poems for the dreamers of barren
  • Rossstager: “in the unpredictable and fearful future that awaits civilization, the poet must be prepared to be alienated and indestructible.” delmore schwartz
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Charles Baudelaire Poem
Sorrows Of The Moon
 by Charles Baudelaire

Tonight the moon dreams in a deeper languidness,
And, like a beauty on her cushions, lies at rest;
While drifting off to sleep, a tentative caress
Seeks, with a gentle hand, the contour of her breast;

As on a crest above her silken avalanche,
Dying, she yields herself to an unending swoon,
And sees a pallid vision everywhere she-d glance,
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