A Stylistic Analysis of Taylor Swift’s Evermore
- Normoda Doley
Jawaharlal Nehru University, Assam
Stylistics is that branch of study that deals with the study of style in literary texts. A linguistic stylistic analysis is executed upon the lyrics of Taylor Swift’s new album Evermore. It was released on December 11, 2020 through Republic Records, less than five months after Taylor’s eight studio album, Folklore (2020). The album Evermore has been described as a sequel or companion record to Folklore. The first and foremost approach is to study the stylistic devices that have been implemented on the lyrics of the songs. Background, situation, circumstances and other interviews about selected singles and featuring artists have been taken into account for a vivid picture of the meaning of the lines. The songs portrayed are: Willow; Champagne Problems; Gold Rush; ‘Tis the Damn Season; Tolerate it; No Body, No Crime. These songs are widespread and the album has topped Billboard 200 making Taylor swift, the conqueror, twice in a row in 2020. Results show a wide range of stylistic devices to describe the meaning in different notions, namely- simile, metaphor, alliteration, rhyme, repetition, etc. Swift drifted towards a direction of escapism and romanticism in terms of her song writing and it is prevalent in this particular album as well. We see a notable application of stylistic devices that has been echoed in the verses speaking a lot about the writer of the analysed songs.
Key words: Swifties, stylistic analysis, figurative language, rhyme.
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