Unfortunately, the story of Delmore Schwartz’s life hasn’t really sparked an ensuing revival of interest in his poetry. It has, however, kept his. Born in New York in , Delmore Schwartz was a poet who was often seen as victim of his own love of logic and suffered from mental health problems. Delmore Schwartz (December 8, – July 11, ) was an American poet and short story Schwartz was deeply upset when his epic poem, Genesis, which he published in and hoped would stand alongside other Modernist epics.

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His verse also became increasingly abstract in his later years.

He took a number of teaching jobs and was an inspiration to many of his students, including a young Lou Reed who would later go on to form the group Velvet Underground. The Velvet Underground in Print first ed.

One of the earliest tributes to Schwartz came from Schwartz’s friend, fellow poet Robert Lowellwho published the poem “To Delmore Schwartz” in while Schwartz was still alive in the book Life Studies.

He taught creative writing at six universities, including SyracusePrincetonand Kenyon College. According to musicologist Richard Wittsthe song “reads like little more than a song of loathing” to Schwartz, who refused to see Reed while living at the Chelsea Hotel. It was a relief for Schwartz who had suffered bad reviews for a previous work, Genesiswhich he had hoped would be seen as one of the great epic poems of the time.


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This had caused him problems throughout his life, particularly in his relationships with women, but by the s he was heavily dependent on alcohol and barbiturates. Schwartz was born in in Brooklyn, New Yorkwhere he also grew up.

The poem makes mention of Schwartz’s writing, daily habits, and death. LondonUnited Kingdom: This relationship also ended in divorce.

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Schwarz increasingly saw the world as an incomprehensible place and his keen intellect was not strong enough to sustain him. The heavy bear who goes with Delmore Schwartz Bio Born in New York inDelmore Schwartz was a poet who was often seen as victim of his own love of logic and suffered from mental health problems throughout a large part of his later life that saw him admitted to sanatoriums.

I am a poet of the Hudson River and the Retrieved May 15, Their marriage however failed and this affected him all his life. Wikiquote has quotations related to: In the brightness of his promise, unstained, I saw him thro’ the mist of the actual blazing with insight, warm with gossip thro’ all our Harvard years when both of us were just becoming known I got him out of a police-station once, in Washington, the world is tref and grief too astray for tears. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Views Read Edit View history. He had a younger brother, Kenneth. Delmor Schwartz was born December 8,in Brooklyn to Romanian immigrant parents.

The book was well received, and made him a well-known figure in New York intellectual circles. Flint, wrote that Schwartz’s stories were “the definitive portrait of the Jewish middle class in New York during the Depression. Ezra Pound James Joyce T. The Life of An American Poettwo years earlier.


Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, Inhe married Gertrude Buckman, a book reviewer for Partisan Reviewwhom he divorced after six years. The Life of An American Poet. He was from Jewish American decent and his parents divorced when he was young, which influenced much of his later work. Influences On Delmore Schwartz’s poetry: He was fast becoming considered as an intellectual and one of the up and coming new writers of his generation. Schwartz went to university in New York and graduated in before spending some time studying philosophy at Harvard where he also began to teach.

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Timeline Click on each item to display more information. Schwartz was deeply upset when his epic poem, Genesiswhich he published in and hoped would stand alongside other Modernist epics like The Waste Land and The Cantos as a masterpiece, received a negative schwsrtz response.

Eliot Delmore Schwartz influenced: Delivering Poems Around The World. Timemap Click on each item to display more information. He often moved from job to job, though, once leaving Harvard because of the antisemitism he perceived there.

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