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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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THEMATIC THREADS

THEMATIC THREADS

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(p.78) 4 THEMATIC THREADS
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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/9780195307993.003.0004

This chapter takes a sweeping view of poetic themes, focusing on a favorite thematic preoccupation — personal freedom — as explored by way of potent symbols of confinement, the journey quest, bohemianism, artistic license, and spiritual liberation. Analyses of individual songs are mustered in order to demonstrate the profundity of Mitchell's poetic-musical thought, her coupling of personal and universal concerns, and her rhetorical assurance in engaging with some of the pressing cultural issues of her generation.

Keywords:   poetic themes, personal freedom, journey quest, bohemianism, artistic license, spiritual liberation

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