more Blake – (“Laughing Song”)

Allen Ginsberg on William Blake’s Songs of Innocence continues

AG:   Meanwhile, “The Laughing Song” – (to Peter Orlovsky)  Do you have a text?

“When the green words laugh, with the voice of joy/And the dimpling stream runs laughing by,/When the air does laugh with our merry wit,And the green hill laughs with the noise of it./  When the meadows laugh with lively green/And the grasshopper laughs in the merry scene,/When Mary and Susan and Emily,/With their sweet round mouths sing Ha, Ha, He./ When the painted birds laugh in the shade/ Where our table with cherries and nuts is spread/Come live & be merry and join with me,/To sing the sweet chorus of Ha, Ha, He.” [Allen & Peter continue the refrain, at length  – “Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha/Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha He” – and  he (Allen) explains his purpose for doing so ]  – The purpose of the laughing chorus is just to emphasis the variation in syllable and accent.  That’s what I did with the laughing part at the end. I followed exactly, rhythmically, the words as they’d be pronounced.  And there’s quite a bit of variation in there.  It’s pretty.

For more on Allen and the Laughing Song – see our  May 2013 posting – here

representation of Budai – The Laughing Buddha

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