Hooks examines Joni Mitchell’s Don’t Interrupt the Sorrow

The blog Hooks recently posted an analysis of the battle waged within Joni Mitchell‘s song “Don’t Interrupt the Sorrow” from her 1975 album The Hissing of Summer Lawns.

The key to the song is the strength of mind enacted by a fierce and complicated battle of perspectives that we know will go on and on. The real battle inside the singer is embedded in a conversational battle with an obnoxious man about “women’s lib.” Call this the battle-within-a-battle device, where the interior battle is the bigger one. But notice how Mitchell snags bits of thought and language like a mockingbird using portions of other birds’ songs.

Read the entire interesting analysis here.


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