The deep meanings for some of the images were interesting. But, yet, his careful curation of these six tales with his personal interpretations was well-worth the read, especially the retelling of the Frog Prince, Lindworm, and the White Bear King. What makes these tales six tales in particular so fascinating to Bly is their commentary on fear. Here again, I have to lie down and sleep after reading just one of his reflections on an old story. Bly looks at six tales that have stood the test of time, handed down from generation-to-generation. Throughout history mankind has used to myths, stories — if you will — to explain the inexplicable, to retell events that are monumental or to drive home lessons that desperately need to be learned.
It was a short book with lots of ideas. As always, it is my pleasure to read Mr. This book is wise and beguiling, a testament to years of thought. Scientists are one step closer to understanding how dangerous contaminants from fecal matter are entering private wells in a northeastern Wisconsin county. I read three of these tales and the commentaries on them before giving up on the book. After one year at St.
All of that to say and explain why this book was fascinating and frustrating and a complete failure for me as a psychology major and as an historian. He enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and spent two years there. As always, it is my pleasure to read Mr. And what are the consequences? Other Titles: Wisdom of Fairy Tales Responsibility: Robert Bly. Readers will pick up on this feeling of righteousness presented within the pages. But you have to stop trying to have it all your way.
When he won the National Book Award for The Light Around the Body, he contributed the prize money to the Resistance. Robert Bly takes us on a journey through six fairy tales. So many of our favorite tales are actually pretty violent and not the happy endings we know. She is on the brink of being burned at the stake when she finishes the last shirt, breaks the spell, and can finally defend herself. Each tale is taken apart, studied and viewed through the eyes of not only Bly but several great thinkers.
It is how mankind has learned. However, Bly is smarter than this. In the meantime a king falls in love with her and marries her, and her mother-in-law tries to frame her for filicide. Robert Bly was born in western Minnesota in 1926 to parents of Norwegian stock. In 1956 he received a Fulbright grant to travel to Norway and translate Norwegian poetry into English. Few forms of storytelling have greater power to captivate the human mind than fairy tales, but where do these tales originate from, and what do they mean? I liked Bly's Iron John, and I want to like Bly's poetry.
The original versions of Little Red Riding Hood did not have a happy ending for Red. The way he uses his work, as well as the work of others, never really enhanced the analysis of the fairy tale. In the early 90s, with James Hillman and Michael Meade, he edited The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart, an anthology of poems from the men's work. During the 80s he published Loving a Woman in Two Worlds, The Wingéd Life: Selected Poems and Prose of Thoreau,The Man in the Black Coat Turns, and A Little Book on the Human Shadow. Here again, I have to lie down and sleep after reading just one of his reflections on an old story. He won the 1968 National Book Award for Poetry for his book The Light Around the Body. The examination of the tales ties them to earlier versions and earlier symbolism, sometimes going back to ancient Egypt.
However, because of its condensed length, and the many ideas he touches upon--it may require a second read to truly appreciate his eff Eh, as the other posters suggest Bly's perspective on some of these tales seem one-dimensional, since he has focused so many of his years on how myths can help men become Men. But, yet, his careful curation of these six tales with his personal interpretations was well-worth the read, especially the retelling of the Frog Prince, Lindworm, and the White Bear King. Shining a light on the tales themselves and why they are still popular and relevant. Celebrated poet and bestselling author Robert Bly has been asking these questions throughout his career. But I feel like the struggle is worth it--so I keep coming back to things like this now and then. Proverbs wisdom tales without the plot have students choose a familiar proverb and develop a story that can surround and carry that thought multicultural proverbs.
His premise was that fairy tales appealed to children because they articulated important psychological processes and conflicts. National Book Award-winning poet and author of the internationally best-selling Iron John, Robert Bly revisits a selection of fairy tales and examines how these enduring narratives capture the essence of human nature. Perhaps it is connected with the larger issue that I have trouble seeing in poems what experts say is there to be seen. National Book Award-winning poet and author of the internationally best-selling Iron John, Robert Bly revisits a selection of fairy tales and examines how these enduring narratives capture the essence of human nature. Robert Bly to me is like a jungian poet I read him years ago Iron John book He has a specialty in his writing as a man who understands the psychology of men This book is an absolute gem Not for everyone He takes a few ancient fairy tales and analyzes the characters in view of a model of healthy and unhealthy development of men Judy Robert Bly is an American poet, author, activist and leader of the Mythopoetic Men's Movement. This movement is important to this review for two reasons: First, his primary supposition is correct.
Bly shares his interpretation, frequently highly personal in nature and amplified by his own poetry. Thank you to the publisher and to NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. Latest tale stubidsoft is using twitter march 09 2010 petes older fairy tales. What may seem like a stretch at times is actually researched and well connected to other stories. Later stories were told by bards and set to music. I like the points he makes about emotionality and development of the soul, but I don't really see how he gets there. Celebrated poet and bestselling author Robert Bly has been asking these questions throughout his career.