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The Wisdom of Fairy Tales

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.

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? Celebrated poet and bestselling author Robert Bly has been asking these questions throughout his career. Here Bly looks at six tales that have stood the test of time and have captivated the poet for decades, from "The Six Swans" to "The Frog Prince." Drawing on his own creative genius, and the work of a range of thinkers from Kirkegaard and Yeats to Freud and Jung, Bly turns these stories over in his mind to bring new meaning and illumination to these timeless tales.

Along with illustrations of each story, the book features some of Bly's unpublished poetry, which peppers his lyric prose and offers a look inside the mind of an American master of letters in the twilight of his singular career.

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.

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? Celebrated poet and bestselling author Robert Bly has been asking these questions throughout his career. Here Bly looks at six tales that have stood the test of time and have captivated the poet for decades, from "The Six Swans" to "The Frog Prince." Drawing on his own creative genius, and the work of a range of thinkers from Kirkegaard and Yeats to Freud and Jung, Bly turns these stories over in his mind to bring new meaning and illumination to these timeless tales.

Along with illustrations of each story, the book features some of Bly's unpublished poetry, which peppers his lyric prose and offers a look inside the mind of an American master of letters in the twilight of his singular career.

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  • Robert Bly is an American poet, author, activist and leader of the mythopoetic men's movement. His book Iron John: A Book About Men was a key text of the movement, and spent 62 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list. He won the 1968 National Book Award for poetry for his book The Light Around the Body. He lives in Minneapolis, MN.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 2, 2017
    Acclaimed poet and essayist Bly (Talking into the Ear of the Donkey) meditates on human nature in his erudite but uneven analysis of six fairy tales and the wisdom they contain. Choosing obscure fairy tales such as the Scandinavian “The Lindworm” and the Native American “One-Two Man,” in addition to the well-known “The Frog Prince,” Bly whimsically retells the often idiosyncratic stories in vibrant detail. Not content with discussing the obvious meanings and announced messages of his selections, Bly instead launches into extensive studies of the psychological subtext behind each one, such as how “The Frog Prince” illustrates the process of moving past “the cold-blooded part of ourselves.” He dissects their essences with help from the theories of such thinkers as Jung, Kafka, Shelley, and Wang Wei, and he ornaments these ideas with excerpts from his own poems, many never before published. While beautiful, these poems serve as a distraction at times from Bly’s philosophical insights, emphasizing his own words over the fairy tales themselves. Bly’s many admirers won’t mind, but readers new to his work may find this gorgeously written book less than the sum of its parts.

  • Kirkus

    January 1, 2018
    The celebrated poet offers a personal reading of fairy tales.Revisiting subjects previously explored in Iron John and The Maiden King, National Book Award winner Bly (Stealing Sugar from the Castle: Selected Poems, 1950-2013, 2013, etc.) wants to use his "intuition and write about stages of men's growth as I see them in these tales." For the author, these stories "are amazing trees of sound that grow inside the human memory and are fed by some longing for intimacy with others." In them, the "psyche is trying to communicate what it knows, trying to slip something past the guards of the dictator ego." Bly is influenced in his interpretive retellings by some "astonishing thinkers" (Kierkegaard, Yeats, etc.) and "those two old clowns, Freud and Jung." The author first recounts each story in his own words and then informally discusses it ("let's pause for some comments here....But back to the story again") in the light of a variety of sources and poets. In addition to studying the works of others, Bly includes some of his own poems, a few previously unpublished. "One part of us is educated and one is not, particularly the feeling side, for men," he writes. "I want to write poems for each side that both parts can understand." The story of the "White Bear King Valemon," for example, "offers us many glimpses into the divine world, which are difficult for those of us brought up in a culture that prefers not to talk seriously of spiritual excess." Some readers may be bothered by Bly's "intuitive," philosophical ruminations on the stories, but he hopes that the "conscious mind may receive the fragrance of the old stories, tales told centuries ago by male and female geniuses."Idiosyncratic readings by a generous, gifted writer who asks his readers to be open to a story's poetry, its "light by which we may see life."

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