In real life, however, the individuating man would be fifty by the end. In 1956 he received a Fulbright grant to travel to Norway and translate Norwegian poetry into English. However, there were times where it felt like a little more trimming would have been appropriate. Bly's reading analyzes the story for lessons about masculinity applicable to 20th-century men, and became a major work of the. If, on the other hand, you can read between the lines, visualize abstract metaphors, and appreciate poetic language, then this book will offer you a treasure trove of insight about yourself. They capture him and he is locked in a in the courtyard as a curiosity. The king hopes that the mysterious knight who saved the kingdom will show himself for such a prize.
The mothers encouraged men to eschew manual labor vulgar! Robert has an ability to explain complicated emotional states with ease. Read it earlier rather than later! I'm saddened to think of all we've lost as a species in that regard. I think he does alot of stretching, and I'm not swallowing it. The most telling, for me, is the chapter on the lost King, concerning modern men's relationships to their workaholic distant Fathers, and embracing of their Mothers. Young men need initiation into adulthood, to be welcomed among the fathers of the world, or they rage and sulk alone through life.
He will go to northern California and raise marijuana, or ride three-wheelers in Maine. I have indeed noticed his strong desire to belong to a peer group and to be protected and counselled. And eager to figure out my 13-year-old son better. Bly's vision is based on his ongoing work with men and reflections on his ow. Modern history provided the dynamic, but the war brought a crisis.
He talks about men without isolating women, without excluding the Divine Feminine from the male experience. We all know how it's said that we can't judge books by their covers, or at least that we shouldn't. Feminist writers have done their job on Iron John, and intelligibly. When I first read that book I was thinking that modern men need a similar kind of system in order to harness the masculine power within in a constructive way. But his reunion with Beatrice did come, after the long journey.
Robert Bly discusses the importance of male initiation rituals on a male's psychological in theself-development in ancient societies. Through the perfection of victory they achieve health, but the soul enters through the hole of defeat. The meetings are part poetry reading, part spiritual retreat, part group therapy. The richer they are, the dumpier and more childish the clothing. Yet in our culture fathers fail even in this more limited role. Children find them foolish and wives find them dull.
However, feminism represents an accurate critique of male roles in industrial capitalism but does not offer men a full alternative vision of manhood. They find a naked man with iron-like skin and long shaggy hair all over his body. We all know how it's said that we can't judge books by their covers, or at least that we shouldn't. Thus the father boys see is not so admirable, nor what one would want to emulate: he is almost pathetic. At my local sports club in Paddington, where I do most of my male bonding, there is much talk about irons. Amis is distorting the book to present it as about male domination; it is not aimed at women, so it does not address them, any more than The Female Eunuch was written for men.
Really, do all of our actions have mystical implications? Their context provides them no prescription to the possibilities, requirements or desires of reality. He's considered one of the foremost figures in the Mythopoetic Men's Movement, and for good reason. He also gets a chance to talk about history and Israel outside his immediate family , two of his main areas of intellectual pursuit. I am the target of this book. Reading this book felt almost surreal at times because of how it brought together so many different things that I have read into a cohesive whole. That his book has become a number-one best seller in the United States suggests he has indeed tapped a deep well of unspoken pain.
I recommend this book for any man who has ever failed miserably at being a 'man'. Mr Bly wants respect; he has plenty of bristles and prickles; like Bronco toilet-paper, he takes no shit from anyone. During the 70s he published eleven books of poetry, essays, and translations, celebrating the power of myth, Indian ecstatic poetry, meditation, and storytelling. And Robert states that he means no ill will towards women, and he thinks we are wonderful creatures and have a large purpose in the lives of men, but we just can't do anything to help them and should probably stop trying. I'm trying to find books more constructive to discussing the current situation for masculinity in Western societies, I welcome recommendations. In situation comedies, in popular media, fathers are portrayed as weak and ridiculous. When I first read that book I This book is absolutely loaded with psychological insight.