W.B. Yeats and His Father

The Development of Personality in Men
Narrated by: Robert Bly
Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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These broadcast quality archival recordings have been edited down into an amazing journey led by Robert Bly, one of America's greatest and entertaining thinkers. This audio explores the poetry of Yeats and goes deep into the author's biography to help bring to light the inspirations of Yeat's great works.

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A good experience, but not well-suited to audiobook format.

This is an archival recording and not your typical produced-in-a-studio audiobook. It’s an unpolished recording of Bly leading a course (imagine a college professor giving a lecture to his class). Bly interprets several of Yeats’ poems and provides some biography of Yeats along the way. It will be helpful if you have some grasp of both of those before listening. If not, it might be harder to follow. Overall, I enjoyed the recording because of the poetry, Bly’s insights and philosophies, and of course the chanting. :) 3 stars for performance because the recording is rough and sometimes you can’t hear the class members’ questions and comments well. 4 stars for story because although it can be hard to follow at times, the poetry is fantastic.

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  • Rohan Todd
  • 05-13-20

Top shelf content - a bit hard to hear is all

You would hope that the subject of developing the healthy masculine personality would be dealt with more since Robert Bly as it is needed, - probably more so than it was in his day. (Not that there are many healthy feminine personalities out there either.) But unfortunately this doesn’t seem to be the case. Making this subject more pertinent than ever... Just a little hard to hear the questioners sometimes and Robert seems to stray for the mic a bit too occasionally.