HAPPY BIRTHDAY,ROBERT BLY,AMERICAN POET AND ACTIVIST !

‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY,ROBERT BLY !’
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Today Robert Bly,An Eminent American Poet , Translator and Activist, Turns 87 !
Born On December 23, 1926 In Madison,Minnesota,USA, Robert Bly Is Unanimously Considered As One Of The Greatest Contemporary American Poets .He Is A Prolific Author Who Has Written Nearly 40 Books,Much Of That Is Poetry Collections.

Robert Bly Has An Eclectic Approach To Literature,especially, Poetry And Has A Rather Wider Interests In Poems Penned By The Poets Of Languages Other Than English.

He Has Translated The Works Of Great Spanish Poets Like Federico Garcia Lorca, Pablo Neruda n Others.He Also Had The Works Of Many Swedish and Norwegian Poets Translated Including The Poetry Of The Swedish Poet n Nobel Laureate,Tomas Transtromer.

Bly Has A Great Inclination Towards The Mythology n Nature n Pre-Christian Religions.
He Has Compiled The Works Of Indian Saint-Poets Like Mirabai n Kabir.

Bly’s Poetry Is Marked With A Richness Of Imagery,at times,Extremely Private Images In Order To Explore Plus Explain His Own Experiences And Then To Establish Its Co-relations To The Outer,More General Subject Matters .

The Blending Of Personal And Universal Goes Unabated In Bly’s Poetry !

After The Painful Divorce With Wife,Carol Bly(herself a shortstory writer), Robert Bly Suffered Greatly And In Order To Compensate His Personal Grief And To Some Extent, To Heal His Male Chauvinism, He Started A Movement Of Sorts , ‘MYTHOPOETIC MEN’S MOVEMENT’ In Hope Of Creating Awareness Amongst The Menfolks To Do A Soul-Searching And To Re-establish A Connect To The Traditional Manliness or Masculanity !
On Creative Front,The Men’s Movement Encouraged Menfolks To Express Their Suppressed Souls Through Prose n Poetry !
This Step Of Robert Bly Had Created Controversy And Had To Face Sharp Criticism From The Feminists Who Leveled Bly As Anti-Feminist!

‘IRON JOHN :A BOOK ABOUT MEN’ ,
‘THE LIGHT AROUND THE BODY’ , ‘TALKING ALL MORNINGS’ are three of his fine poetry collections.

ROBERT BLY Also Penned Many Poems Against War And Was A Leader Of American Writers Protesting The Vietnam War.
He Kept Writing Anti-war Poems Till Recently In 2002 Against The Iraq War.

He Has Got Many Awards Including The Prestegious American Award,NATIONAL BOOK AWARD and ENDOWMENT OF ART MEDAL.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY,ROBERT BLY !

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