Taylor Swift Nods to Romantic-Era Poets on Her Deluxe Folklore Track, “The Lakes”
After much teasing, Taylor Swift finally released the bonus track on the deluxe edition of
her Folklore album, “The Lakes,” and did not disappoint. An ode to Romantic-era poetry and longing for isolation, the track is the perfect addition to Folklore .
The song repeats in the chorus, “Take me to the Lakes where all the poets went to die,” in reference to the Lake District in England, where a group of English Romantic-era poets lived in the nineteenth century. Her lyrics are poetic, melodramatic, and full of imagery, fitting perfectly with the style of the poets she is referencing.
The concept of the track is similar to the theme of her album Reputation , reflecting on her life in the spotlight and wanting to escape, singing of “hunters out with cell phones,” “cynical clones,” and a “name dropping sleaze.” The song is heavy in string instruments, adding a dreamy, wistful touch to her sentiment.
Folklore, co-produced by Jack Antonoff, was released in July, and it has been at the top of the charts for the past three weeks. Last Monday she released the behind-the-scenes video for the “Cardigan” music video where she revealed hidden messages in the track. “The Lakes” is available to stream and download everywhere now.