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
Iron John was first published in and was a bestseller, a cultural phenomena. Women read Iron John openly, hoping to glean some insider information while men read the book furtively—at least at first. By the mids, one could observe men dressed in tatters of leather, middle-aged bellies flapping in the breeze, beating drums in circles in the parks of many major, and a few minor, American metropolises. And those were just the straight men…. The founder of depth psychology was either depending on whose history you read Freud, whose brilliant analysis of the Oedipus story launched a century, or Carl Jung. It was Jung who first analyzed folk stories for their psychological content.
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The original German title is Eisenhans , a compound of Eisen "iron" and Hans like English John , a common short form of the personal name Johannes. It represents Aarne—Thompson type , "The wild man as a helper". Most people see the story as a parable about a boy maturing into adulthood. A king sends a huntsman into a forest nearby and the huntsman never returns. The King sends more men into the forest where they each meet with the same fate. The King sends all his remaining huntsmen out as a group, but again, none return. The king proclaims the woods as dangerous and off-limits to all.
I am greatly impressed by the topic the book deals with. I hope this book would be much enjoyable. I will definitely grab one from the book store as I was quite impressed with the Big lessons the book covers. I read the book recently after someone on a youtube channel raved about it. It's a brilliant topic and hasn't been very well explored. My take on the book was that these days we go through a similar initiation process but in the form of marriage kids and divorce rather then the ritual in our teens. Which leave most men in a state of limbo and not transitioned into adulthood until well into their 40s.
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