The Star Tribune newspaper, in his native Minnesota, said Bly died on Sunday. His daughter, Mary Bly, told the Associated Press that he died after suffering from dementia for 14 years.
“Dad had no pain,” she said. “His whole family was around him, so how much better can you do?”
Mark Rylance: how Robert Bly changed my life
Bly emerged from two years in the US navy in the 1940s to become a prodigious poet, translator and writer of prose. In an essay for the New York Times in 1984, he recalled his beginnings.