Summer Knowledge: New and Selected Poems, 1938-1958

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New Directions Publishing, 1967 - American poetry - 240 pages
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When this book was first published (as Summer Knowledge) in 1959.Delmore Schwartz was still riding a crest, the golden boy of the literary scene--a position he had commanded ever since the appearance of his first collection of stories and poems in 1938. Summer Knowledge won for him both the prestigious Bollingen Prize in Poetry and the Poetry Society of America's Shelley Memorial Award. lronically, indeed tragically, the praise and prizes Schwartz's poems received did not forestall his decline, and this, his poetic testament, proved to be a final one as well. Overcome by mental illness, alienated from his friends and supporters, he disappeared from the literary scene, in the end to die in 1966 in an obscure Broadway hotel. The tragedy of his life pales before the triumph of his art and craft. Selected Poems clearly places him among the foremost poets of his generation.
  

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Review: Selected Poems: Summer Knowledge

User Review  - Simonbudwake - Goodreads

The section Coriolanus and his Mother makes me want to go to graduate school, to better delve into the depths of that poem. Every few months I either revisit the poem or the Shakespeare play its based ... Read full review

Review: Selected Poems: Summer Knowledge

User Review  - J. Alfred - Goodreads

Everyone should read "The Heavy Bear Who Goes With Me," which I take to be Schawrtz' most well-known and most meritorious poem. The rest of his work is well-crafted and pretty strong, but more or less ... Read full review

Contents

In the Naked Bed in Platos Cave
25
Far Rockaway
34
Concerning the Synthetic Unity of Apperception
40
A Young Child and His Pregnant Mother
43
Faust in Old Age
49
For the One Who Would Not Take His Life in His Hands
55
Dogs Are Shakespearean Children Are Strangers
68
The Heavy Bear Who Goes With Me
74
At a Solemn Musick
147
The Fulfillment
150
Summer Knowledge
157
The TrueBlue American
163
The Kingdom of Poetry
171
Sterne
180
The Kingdom of Poetry
187
The World Was Warm and White When I Was Born
199

O Me Make You a Sword of Me
81
Narcissus
88
Pleasure
92
Justice
103
There Was a City
116
Choose
123
He Is a Person
131
All of the Fruits Had Fallen
205
Waken to a Calling
211
During Decembers Death
217
Cupids Chant
223
Abraham
230
Lincoln
236
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About the author (1967)

Delmore Schwartz was born on December 8, 1913 in Brooklyn, New York. He later attended the University of Wisconsin, New York University and Harvard University. He was considered one of the most influential Jewish writers during World War II. He wrote poems, short stories, and literary criticism. His works include In Dreams Begin Responsibilities, The Imitation of Life, The World Is a Wedding, and Successful Love and Other Stories. In 1959, he received the Bollingen Prize for Summer Knowledge: New and Selected Poems. He was an editor for the Partisan Review and The New Republic. He also taught creative writing at several universities including Harvard University, Syracuse University, Princeton University and Kenyon College. He suffered from alcohol addiction and mental illness later in life. He died of a heart attack on July 11, 1966 at the age of 52.

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