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Taylor Swift name drops Patti Smith and Dylan Thomas on the song.  this is the reason

Taylor Swift name drops Patti Smith and Dylan Thomas on the song. this is the reason

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The chorus of the title song of Taylor Swift's album The Eleventh Age mentions two literary legends and one of the places that connect them: Patti Smith, Dylan Thomas, and the Chelsea Hotel.

“I laughed in your face and said, 'You're not Dylan Thomas,'” Swift sings in “Tortured Poets Oath.” I'm not Patti Smith. This is not the Chelsea Hotel. We are modern idiots.”

Dylan Thomas is a Welsh poet and writer known for…Don't be gentle on that good night“Under Milkwood” and “Fern Hill”. Thomas was born in 1914 and died in 1953.

Patti Smith is a famous poet, author, songwriter, singer, and painter, born in 1947. Her Instagram bio It reads: “Writer. We are all alive together.” Smith is still an active writer. She had a book signing in New York City on Thursday morning.

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The Chelsea Hotel (or Chelsea Hotel or Chelsea) is located in Manhattan. Built in the late 19th century, the 12-story hotel is a New York landmark and has been known to house writers, painters, authors and fashionable socialites. And he still does.

Stephanie Burt, a Harvard professor who teaches a class on Swift's language, explained the layers of lyricism.

“Swift's point isn't just telling[themaninthesong'You'renotthattalented'”Peartsays“Itsays‘Let’snotbethekindofartistwhomakesourself-destructivetormentingnaturecentraltoourartmakingeveryonelookatwhatamessweare’”

Both Smith and Thomas lived at the hotel. According to John Brennen's 1955 biography Dylan Thomas in America, Thomas had a reputation as a “loud, drunken, doomed poet.” Smith continued to produce albums and tour the world. she He sang and performed with Bruce Springsteen.

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“Patti Smith is who you cite if you want to talk about a woman on stage who is absolutely charismatic and a poet with a capital P,” Burt says. “Dylan Thomas is who you cite if you want to talk about a self-destructive romantic poet, and he had the talent to back it up.” “But he had absolutely no self-care skills, and made everything too much.”

Let us not be self-destructive artists and leave that to “modern idiots,” Swift says.

“The Tortured Poets Section”

If you didn't get the memo from the section head, Tortured Poets is Swift's 11th-era album that contains 16 songs and four bonus tracks (four versions of the album each with a different bonus track).

Swift announced the project at the Grammy Awards, when she won her 13th Grammy Award for Pop Album of the Year. Post Malone and Florence and The Machine are contributors to the pop album.

Their track titles are brutal. Fans speculated that the album would revolve around Swift's six-year relationship with English actor Joe Alwyn and their breakup. Both stars kept the relationship out of the public eye. The back of the first copy of the album reads: “I love you, it's destroying me,” a portentous dagger to the chest.

The album was released during Swift's two-month break from her hugely popular and economically fruitful Eras Tour. “Tormented Poets” serves as an exclamation point to the massive success the billionaire has experienced over the past year since launching the three-hour show in Glendale, Arizona. Swift will return to the stage in Paris, France, on May 9. Fans are anticipating her new era being added to the show.

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