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Robert Bly


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Robert Bly (born December 23, 1926) is an American poet, author, activist and leader of the mythopoetic men's movement, most famous for his Iron John: A Book About Men (1990), which spent 62 weeks on the The New York Times Best Seller list. For The Light Around the Body he won the 1968 National Book Award for Poetry.

Bly was born in Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota, to Jacob and Alice ... more »

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  • ''There is a privacy I love in this snowy night.
    Driving around, I will waste more time.''
    Robert Bly (b. 1926), U.S. poet, critic, translator, editor. Driving to Town Late to Mail a Letter (l. 4-5). . . Contemporary American Poetry. A. ...
  • Every modern male has, lying at the bottom of his psyche, a large, primitive being covered with hair down to his feet. Making contact with this Wild Man is the step the Eighties male or the Nineties m...
    Robert Bly (b. 1926), U.S. poet, author. Iron John, ch. 1, "Finding Iron John," (1990).
  • During the fifties, for example, the American character appeared with some consistency that became a model of manhood adopted by many men: the Fifties male. He got to work early, labored responsibly, ...
    Robert Bly (b. 1926), U.S. author, poet. Iron John: A Book About Men, ch. 1, Addison-Wesley (1990).
  • ''sympathy
    he longed for, didn't need, and wouldn't accept.''
    Robert Bly (b. 1926), U.S. poet, critic, translator, editor. My Father's Wedding (l. 48-49). . . Selected Poems of Robert Bly. (1986) HarperCollin...
  • ''Some men live with an invisible limp,
    stagger, or drag
    a leg. Their sons are often angry.''
    Robert Bly (b. 1926), U.S. poet, critic, translator, editor. My Father's Wedding (l. 7-9). . . Selected Poems of Robert Bly. (1986) HarperCollins....
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