Iron John: A Book About Men by Robert BlyIn this deeply learned book, poet and translator Robert Bly offers nothing less than a new vision of what it is to be a man.Blys vision is based on his ongoing work with men and reflections on his own life. He addresses the devastating effects of remote fathers and mourns the disappearance of male initiation rites in our culture. Finding rich meaning in ancient stories and legends, Bly uses the Grimm fairy tale Iron John, in which the narrator, or Wild Man, guides a young man through eight stages of male growth, to remind us of archetypes long forgotten-images of vigorous masculinity, both protective and emotionally centered.Simultaneously poetic and down-to-earth, combining the grandeur of myth with the practical and often painful lessons of our own histories, Iron John is a rare work that will continue to guide and inspire men-and women-for years to come.
Iron John: A Book About Men
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Click on the cover image above to read some pages of this book! Formatting may be different depending on your device and eBook type. Robert Bly writes that it is clear to men that the images of adult manhood given by popular culture are worn out, that a man can no longer depend on them. Iron John searches for a new vision of what a man is or could be, drawing on psychology, anthropology, mythology, folklore and legend. Iron John is a work whose mentors are the prophetic poets and crazies, William Blake and Walt Whitman ".
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