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Taylor Swift
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Young Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


A Longfellow in Taylor Swift?

Just like Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Taylor knew what she wanted to do at a very young age. Henry was accepted into college at age 14. Taylor was knocking on the doors of Nashville record labels at age 14. Like Henry, Taylor writes her music from the heart. Her songs are lyrical like the prose of Longfellow. Henry was one of the first celebrities of America. Taylor started as a country singer but was able to cross over into other genres. She is loved by both young and old. Like the poems of Longfellow, Taylor's songs tell a poetic story. When Henry was young he studied the works of Shakspeare. Taylor's song, "Love Story" references Shakspeare as well.
Longfellow based many of his poems on children, loneliness- after the deaths of his wives, and poems that made Americans aware of other cultures. He raised awareness about Native Americans, Acadians, and slavery.
Taylor Swift writes about young love, loneliness, and not fitting in with other girls her age.

Here are the lyrics to Taylor's song, "Love Story."
We were both young when I first saw you.
I close my eyes, and the flashback starts,
I'm standing there,
On the balcony in summer air.

I see the lights, see the party, the ballgowns.
See you make your way through the crowd,
And say, "Hello",
Little did I know,

That you were Romeo,
You were throwing pebbles,
And my daddy said, "Stay away from Juliet."
And I was crying on the staircase,
Begging you, "Please don't go".

And I said,
"Romeo, take me somewhere we can be alone.
I'll be waiting, all that's left to do is run.
You be the prince, and I'll be the princess,
It's a love story, baby, just say, 'yes'."

So I sneak out to the garden to see you,
We keep quiet, 'cause we're dead if he knew,
So close your eyes,
Escape this town for a little while.

'Cause you were Romeo,
I was a scarlet letter,
And my daddy said, "Stay away from Juliet."
But you were everything to me,
Begging you, "Please don't go".

And I said,
"Romeo, take me somewhere we can be alone.
I'll be waiting, all that's left to do is run.
You be the prince, and I'll be the princess,
It's a love story, baby, just say, 'yes'."

"Romeo, save me, they're trying to tell me how to feel.
This love is difficult, but it's real.
Don't be afraid, we'll make it of this mess,
It's a love story, baby, just say, 'yes'."

Well, I got tired of waiting,
Wondering if you were ever coming around.
My faith in you was fading,
When I met you on the outskirts of town.

And I said,
"Romeo, save me, I've been feeling so alone.
I keep waiting for you, but you never come.
Is this in my head,
I don't know what to think,"

You knelt to the ground,
And pulled out a ring and said,
"Marry me, Juliet, you'll never have to be alone.
I love you, and that's all I really know.
I talked to your dad, go pick out a white dress,
It's a love story, baby just say yes."

We were both young when I first saw you...