2 May 2023

Shall I compare Taylor Swift to William Shakespeare?

From Afternoons, 3:10 pm on 2 May 2023

To be or not to be a Swiftie, one of the millions of Taylor Swift fans around the world. That is the question eminent Shakespeare scholar and former Oxford professor Sir Jonathan Bate answered with a resounding yes the first time he heard  her music.  The lyrics of Taylor Swift's song "Love Story" about a girl on a balcony and a boy who comes to rescue her, naturally captured the attention of a man who can stay up until three in the morning talking to Sir Ian McKellen about King Lear. Sir Bate argues that Taylor Swift is more than just a best selling pop star, she has literary sensibility worthy of comparison to some of history's greatest writers.

Taylor Swift arrives at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards held at the Prudential Center on August 28, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey

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