Taylor Swift: A Literary Analysis

Of 10 songs we know All Too Well.

Anonymous Bird
7 min readNov 30, 2021
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Love her or not, I think Taylor Swift has played a key part in Gen Z’s collective music taste, no matter what the outcome of those formative years may have been. One thing is clear though:

The woman never stops working.

From country, to pop, to alternative — Swift is a music genre globe-trotter. I believe that no matter what she’s dabbled in, she’s done it well. Her last two albums Folklore and Evermore, show how she’s improved her lyrical narrative and poetic craft. Even in her earlier years of country and pop, elements of this shine through, despite her age at the time of songwriting.

Whether I first heard them in my formative years or not, here are the lyrics that most stuck out to me:

№1 — All Too Well

‘And you call me up again just to break me like a promise
So casually cruel in the name of being honest’

At eleven years old, it’s understandable that this was the most poetic thing I’d ever heard. And after actually formally studying poetry, I have to say — she takes the simile in the first line and employs it excellently.