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The Music of Joni Mitchell$
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Lloyd Whitesell

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195307993

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307993.001.0001

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VOICES AND PERSONAE

VOICES AND PERSONAE

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(p.41) 3 VOICES AND PERSONAE
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The Music of Joni Mitchell
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LLOYD WHITESELL

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307993.003.0003

This chapter explores the colorful array of lyric voices and personalities Mitchell brings to life in writing and performance. Special attention is paid to details of poetic technique. The first section systematically maps out categorical distinctions of poetic mode, representation, syntax, diction, and vocal performance, then illustrates their use through the analysis of an entire poem. The second section highlights five character types of special importance in her work.

Keywords:   lyric voices, poetic technique, poetic mode, representation, syntax, diction, vocal performance, character types

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