Taylor Swift and the inspirations for “The Tortured Poets Department”

As soon as Taylor Swift announced that she would release a new album called The Tortured Poets Department at the 2024 Grammy Awards, the whole world discussed and speculated that this was a breakup album, referring to her ex-lover of 6 years, Joe Alwyn. hers. However, when the album was released, the whole world exploded when it was Taylor Swift’s personality over the past two years, expressed and encapsulated in the new album.

Two hours after its release, the singer born in 1989 once again surprised the audience by releasing the second part of the album, called The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology, including 15 more songs. “I’ve written a lot of damn poems over the past two years and want to share them all with everyone. And now the story is no longer mine, it’s yours” – Taylor shared.

Bad boy inspiration

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While audiences were sure that this album would be the pop star’s confession about his seemingly forever-lasting love affair with Joe Alwyn, many guessed that the biggest inspiration was his short-lived relationship. with Matty Healy – lead vocalist of the band 1975.

Taylor is telling the audience that this love affair is not to replace the loss of a breakup, that the two truly loved each other deeply and fiercely. “I love you, it ruins my life” is a recurring line in Fortnight , telling about the first post-breakup stage: pain and denial.

This period of denial continued to follow the Grammy award winner to My Boy Only Breaks His Favorite Toys. Talking about her song, Taylor shared that it is a metaphor, seen from the perspective of being someone’s favorite toy until they break you and no longer want you. The singer continued: “It’s like a song about being in denial so you can still live in this world where there’s still hope for a toxic, broken relationship.”

Some other songs that also seem to mention the relationship with Matty Healy are The Tortured Poets Department – which explores the “longevity” of their relationship, Down Bad and self-questioning about how to end it. ending a love story , I Can Fix Him (No Really I Can) and the naive belief that you can make a bad guy change for you, harsh criticism for your ex in The Smallest Man Who Ever Lived…

Looking back on a 6 year relationship

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When talking about Joe Alwyn, Taylor seems gentler, perhaps because their love story also ended peacefully. When the list of song titles was revealed, it didn’t take long for the audience to believe that So Long, London was the response to London Boy – a song written about the person who seemed to be her lifelong love, Joe Alwyn. .

The songs about the British actor are somewhat painful and broken, expressing Taylor Swift’s inner hurt. Fans believed that it was the singer’s final goodbye to a long love affair that could not end happily.

Life under the spotlight

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Living in the public eye is really not as easy as people think, that’s what Taylor Swift wants to say in her songs, from Clara Bow to Who’s Afraid of Little Old Me.

“I wrote in one of those moments of feeling bitter about what we are doing to artists as a society, as a culture” – the American singer confided – “We What have we done to writers, artists and creative people? We’ve put them through hell. We watch what they create and then judge it.

Meanwhile, Clara Bow also mentioned many famous stars: Clara Bow, Stevie Nicks and even Taylor Swift. The song’s lyrics talk about the singer’s life living under the spotlight as one of the most famous women in the world. However, that world is not as beautiful as people imagine.

A love song for an athlete

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It’s not difficult to recognize the love songs in the new album that Taylor wrote specifically for her boyfriend Travis Kelce. Specifically, The Alchemy excited fans when the female singer mentioned many sports metaphors, as if it was her football player boyfriend who pulled her into the world of the NFL.

Another American love song, So High School, is filled with optimism, reminiscent of a time when Taylor Swift was young, dynamic and pure. There, the global star returned to the feeling of happiness, sadness and joy as if she was in love in high school.


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