Iron John: A Book about Men

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Da Capo Press, 2004 - Social Science - 268 pages
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In this deeply learned book, poet and translator Robert Bly offers nothing less than a new vision of what it is to be a man.Bly's 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.

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Re-read recently, and it doesn't hold up at almost 40 the way it did at age 20. It's a slog reading through it as the analysis often feels like digressions and reaching. I appreciate the underlying ... Read full review

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A very powerful story. Read full review

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The Pillow and the Key
When One Hair Turns Gold
The Road of Ashes Descent and Grief
The Hunger for the King in a Time with No Father
The Meeting with the GodWoman in the Garden
To Bring the Interior Warriors Back to Life
Riding the Red the White and the Black Horses
The Wound by the Kings Men
The Wild Man in Ancient Religion Literature and Folk Life
The Story of Iron John

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About the author (2004)

Robert Bly is the author of many books of poetry. He is also a renowned translator, editor, and a founder of the Men's Movement. He lives in Minneapolis and in Moose Lake, Minnesota.

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