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The Winged Energy of Delight

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The astonishing collection of the translations Robert Bly has been producing for more than fifty years, introducing foreign poets to American readers for the first time.

Robert Bly has always been amazingly prescient in his choice of poets to translate. The poetry he selected supplied qualities that seemed lacking from the literary culture of this country. At a time when ed
ebook, 416 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published March 24th 2009)
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Josh Paul
Great collection of translations, almost everyone in here is worth buying entire books by.
This wonderful book, edited and with commentaries by Robert Bly, is a collection of some of Thoreau’s best poetry and prose. It also includes pictures of wood engravings done by Michael McCurdy which are beautiful. Unfortunately, the copy I own was purchased as a used book and some of the pictures were cut out of the book by a previous owner, so I have missed out on a few.

I wouldn’t say that I love Thoreau’s poetry, although I enjoyed it much more than that of Margaret Fuller. I do love his beau
Maughn Gregory
In this remarkable little book, Robert Bly has selected poems and passages from Thoreau's books and journals into chapters with themes such as "The Habit of Living Meanly," "Going the Long Way Around," "Seeing What is Before Us," and "In Wildness is the Preservation of the World." Bly's introductory essays in each chapter are thoroughly Thoreauvian: alarming, ecstatic, gorgeous. The wood engravings by Michael McCurdy are a perfect compliment. An ideal book for the practice of contemplative readi ...more
I am a huge fan of poetry and this is my favorite anthology. It seems as though every page is dog-eared. Bly does a sublime job with the translations- I have encountered these poems in other translations which are awkward and horrible in comparison. This is such a diverse collection I think that most readers would at least enjoy some poems.
Enlightening Rilke translations. Hafiz, Trakyl, Jacobson and every poet in this book is magically represented by Bly.
Dan Robinson
Found this on the shelf at the local used bookstore and couldn't resist it - Thoreau, edited and with commentaries by Robert Bly! and wonderful wood engraving illustrations by Michael McCurdy!
As i enjoyed nature this summer, this book was my companion. Thoreau's poems with Bly's arrangements led me into twilight to see the colors of the world.
Ivan Granger
A very nice collection with a modern feel. Poetry ranges from Rilke, Antonio Machado, and Juan Ramon Jimenez, to Rumi, Hafez, Kabir, and Mirabai.
Ward Bell
Unbelievably fine collection of poems from around the world and across the ages, translated by a master poet.
Jessie B.
I picked up this collection as it had a few of my favourite poets but in reading it I discovered a few more.
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Robert Bly (born December 23, 1926) is an American poet, author, activist and leader of the Mythopoetic Men's Movement.
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