A story immersed in a magic, dream world in which frightening, marvelous things happen (for example, Grimm brothers collection of tales from the Black Forest).
Often full of violence, difficult journeys, impossible odds, and visits from supernatural creatures, witches, goblins, trolls, fairy godmother.
Real fairytales help children work through the thickets of the psyche.
Stories that exert power in dreams and myths
Close to symbolic source of most true poetry.
Dream states of clear but mysterious images and actions.
Poets often use fairytales as source material – implicit, explicit or as variations on a theme.