Silence in the Snowy Fields: Poems (Wesleyan Poetry Program)
by Robert Bly
The poems of Robert Bly are rooted deep in the earth. Snow and sunshine, barns and cornfields and cars on the empty nighttime roads, abandoned Minnesota lakes and the mood of America now--these are his materials. He sees and talks clearly: he uses no rhetoric nor mannered striving for effect, but instead the simple statement that in nine lines can embody a mood, reveal a p...more
Paperback, 60 pages
Published April 1st 1962 by Wesleyan
(first published January 1st 1962)
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Evocative yet spare poetry, that maybe demands a cold winter's reading, which I didn't have. I enjoyed these poems generally but didn't love them, with the exception of "Remembering in Oslo the Old Picture of the Magna Carta" which was terrific. I made the mistake though of reading Bly's biography after reading the first few poems (I picked this collection up solely because of a mention in a previous poetry book of Bly's poetry style comparing favourably to a style developed by Basho), and was r...more
Reading Dickey just made me revisit one of my favorite collections, Silence in the Snowy Fields. Bly is not one of my all-time favorite writers, but Silence in the Snowy Fields is exceptional for a first book (I think it's his first). The resounding stillness in this book makes you want to build a fire and dare winter to bring its worst.
This collection is a much better starting place for reading Bly. The collection is filled with Midwest landscapes alongside surreal imagery. The common theme in Bly’s work centers around a speaker coming to a sudden and awestruck communion with the world around him, often that of the natural.
Robert Bly (born December 23, 1926) is an American poet, author, activist and leader of the Mythopoetic Men's Movement.More about Robert Bly...