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Taylor Swift is linked to famous poet Emily Dickinson and now it all makes sense

Taylor Swift is linked to famous poet Emily Dickinson and now it all makes sense

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Taylor Swift concert on March 2.


It looks like Taylor Swift was ready to name her upcoming album “Tortured Poets Oath.”

Ancestry, which helps people trace their lineage, has found evidence that Swift is distantly related to famous poet Emily Dickinson.

“We need to calm down…but how can we when we have big news!?” A blog post about lineage reads the Instagram account. “Famous American poets Taylor Swift and Emily Dickinson are sixth cousins ​​and have been separated three times.”

CNN has reached out to Swift's rep for comment. The news was first reported on NBC.today“.

Dickinson, who lived from 1830 to 1886, is best known for poems such as “Because I Couldn't Stop Dying” and “Hope Is the Thing with Feathers.”

The writer, who should have been a celebrity in her time, even wrote about fame like her distant cousin. “Success is considered sweetest / By those who have not succeeded / To understand the nectar / It requires the keenest need,” Dickinson wrote in her poem, “Success Is Considered Sweetest.”

“Both Swift and Dickinson are descended from a 17th-century English immigrant (Swift's ninth great-grandfather and Dickinson's sixth great-grandfather were among the first settlers of Windsor, Connecticut),” according to Ancestry.

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American poet Emily Dickinson in a photograph taken around 1850.

Swifties have long linked the two women.

Her 2020 album “Evermore” was announced on December 10, which was Dickinson's birthday. Some believe the title was inspired by Dickinson's poem “One Sister I Have in Our House”, which includes the word “forever”.

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Two years after this announcement, Swift referred to the legendary writer in her book Acceptance speech For the Songwriter and Artist of the Decade Award from the International Songwriters Association of Nashville.

Swift explained that the words she writes fall into three genre categories: quill words, fountain pen words, and glitter gel pen words, which refers to the writing instrument she imagines she was holding while writing the words.

“If my lyrics sound like a letter Emily Dickinson's great-grandmother wrote while sewing a lace curtain, then that's me writing with a quill,” Swift said, noting that her single “Ivy” from the movie “Evermore” would fall into that category.

Welcome to the historic era of Swift.