I am not a die hard fan like my cousins and friends who buy, and collect albums and stuff about Taylor Swift. I, however, definitely like her music and I listen to it and enjoy it all the time. I am a non-Swiftie but I like her enough to share my own humble sentiments on THE TORTURED POETS DEPARTMENT: THE ANTHOLOGY.

Some voices criticized the poetic core of Taylor Swift’s most recent work despite the mass of responses that flooded social media. They complained that the sound seemed repetitive, questioned the production’s depth, and even criticized the lyrical density, saying it prevented the song’s complete appreciation. As an avid admirer of the literary tapestry constructed in “Folklore,” however, I respectfully disagree. “The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology” is one of Swift’s most varied works, refusing categorization into a specific genre or style. Rather than being a flaw in the album, its lyrics are its greatest asset.


This compilation is Swift’s most open and honest musical project to date. For the established Swifties, it’s a veritable gold mine of references to older songs, relationship analysis, and moving recollections of significant periods in her career—all seen through the eyes of a more mature and experienced viewpoint. Finally, around two in the morning, Taylor Swift teased her fans with cryptic clues in true vintage Taylor Swift manner, especially with reference to the number “two.” Just two hours after the release of its initial single “Fortnight” (feat. Post Malone), “The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology” dropped on Friday, solving the enigma.

With the addition of 30 more tracks, the anthology extended the musical journey to little over two hours. The central theme of “The Tortured Poets Department” is symbolic of “1989 (Taylor’s Version)” and “Midnights,” yet this 11th studio album blends in with the imaginary and dreamy ambiance of its predecessors, complete with unique auditory elements. Swift covers a wide range of emotions in the lengthy tracklist. The albums explore betrayal, the attraction of celebrity, and the need for lasting love, but at their core, they also explore the five stages of mourning. 

Swift covers a wide range of human experience, from the heartbreaking accounts of dashed hopes in “loml,” “Peter,” and “The Prophecy” to the upbeat promise of romance in “The Alchemy” and “So High School.” Songs like “I Can Do It With a Broken Heart” and “I Can Fix Him (No Really I Can)” offer a hilariously funny perspective on the pressure to achieve perfection, while “But Daddy I Love Him,” “Cassandra,” and “thanK you aIMee” present scathing attacks on the overbearing nature of celebrity culture.

Swift reaches new heights of musical brilliance with her trademark mix of excruciating bridges and witty lyrics that deliver a smash hit song. With the release of “The Tortured Poets Department,” Swift accomplished a remarkable feat: she broke her own record by receiving over 300 million Spotify plays in the first day alone, exceeding the previous record set by “Midnights.” Swift gives a very intimate and emotionally intense track of her life in her capacity as the self-described torchbearer of the Tortured Poets Department. This album is unlike anything she has done before; it is a passionate confessional record. 

As someone who loves poetry, this album is definitely a deal breaker and actually made me love Taylor Swift more than I ever had. Not just because I personally enjoyed the music due to its poetic constructive songs but I can learn more and reflect in her songwriting which will make me, hopefully, a great writer. Though the general public may not agree, I think it’s one of her best works. Fans are left excitedly wondering if Swift would decide to remake her reputation or regain her identity in her future musical project, given the narrative arc she has built in this double album drop.

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