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How Taylor Swift Uses Rhetorical Devices

Libby Bushill

Libby Bushill

Editorial Assistant at ProWritingAid

Published Dec 02, 2020

taylor swift on stage, pointing into crowd

“I write songs that are like diary entries. I have to do it to feel sane.”

Many of us write just to get it all out—and Taylor Swift is no exception. But what takes a piece of writing from diary entry to award-winning song writing? Literary devices, of course! Her work is so full of amazing gems, you could do a full rhetorical analysis on it.

In the thread below, Twitter user @chrtucci takes us through the many well-known and lesser-known writing techniques (like assonance buried in the lyrics of Taylor Swift’s greatest hits. We loved diving deeper into them and thought you would too. Enjoy!


Full credit to @chrtucci for this fantastic thread.


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Libby Bushill

Libby Bushill

Editorial Assistant at ProWritingAid

Libby is ProWritingAid's Editorial and Marketing Assistant. When she's not editing and writing blog posts, she can be found spreading the word about ProWritingAid on social media. A recent English Lit grad and co-editor of the University of Reading's A Room of Our Own Project, she loves all things writing and editing and can't wait to work on more projects in the future.

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