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17 Shakespeare Plays Summed Up by a Single Taylor Swift Lyric

17 Shakespeare Plays Summed Up by a Single Taylor Swift Lyric

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Shakespeare is everywhere. I mean probably 99% of the idioms that leave your mouth on any give day were coined by a dude who wore a frilly collar and wrote with a quill pen. Seriously. Laughing stock, one fell swoop, wild-goose chase, full circle, mind's eye, be-all end-all, goodness' sake—Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Shakespeare. And that is just the tip of a seriously large iceberg. Think Titanic-sinking proportions, here. Shakespeare is everywhere, so it's no surprise that I was able to find him and his plays scattered across the lyrics of Tay-Tay's oeuvre. Enjoy these brief summaries at your leisure:

I stay up too late, got nothing in my brain / That's what people say mmm, that's what people say mmm - Hamlet

Magic, madness, heaven, sin - Macbeth

Bad blood - Titus Andronicus

See the lights / See the party, the ball gowns / I see you make your way through the crowd / You say "hello," little did I know / That you were Romeo - Romeo and Juliet

Love's a game, want to play? - As You Like It

It feels like a perfect night for breakfast at midnight / To fall in love with strangers  / Yeah, we're happy, free, confused, and lonely at the same time - A Midsummer Night's Dream

Everybody here was someone else before / And you can want who you want / Boys and boys and girls and girls - Twelfth Night

Down and out about the liars and dirty, dirty cheats in the world  - Richard II

Your saddest fear comes creeping in / That you never loved me or her or anyone or anything - King Lear

I get drunk on jealousy - Othello

Still got scars on my back from your knife - Julius Caesar

Now we got problems / And I don't think we can solve them - The Merchant of Venice

The sky turned black like a perfect storm - The Tempest

You can tell me when it's over / If the high was worth the pain - Henry V

I threw my phone across the room at you / I was expecting some dramatic turn-away / But you stayed - The Taming of the Shrew

Could end in burning flames or paradise - Antony and Cleopatra

Today was a fairytale - All's Well that Ends Well

 Did you know Will & Tay had so much in common?

Topics: Music, Books, Life
Tags: drama, romeo and juliet, shakespeare, high school, summaries, taylor swift, hamlet, the tempest, as you like it, othello, teens, macbeth, a midsummer night's dream, king lear, but you should still probably read them, the merchant of venice, study help

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