Figurative Language with Taylor Swift: Love Story

This is Part 2 of a series about Fun with Literacy: Taylor Swift lyrics

“Love Story” is one of Taylor’s most popular songs. When I taught this to my class as part of a figurative language lesson, I set off a surprising discussion that perfectly illustrated children’s moral development.

In the song, Taylor compares her forbidden love with Romeo and Juliet. As part of a discussion of how allusion can add depth to writing, I told them the story. Boy, was I surprised when my third graders had zero sympathy for Romeo. He killed Tybalt! That made Romeo a bad guy. Doesn’t matter that Tybalt killed Mercutio. Romeo was bad and deserved all that happens to him. End of story. Nothing could change my students’ opinion.

I had never thought of the story this way before, but I thought you would be interested in their logic and moral reasoning.

Here is my literary analysis of the song “Love Story” by Taylor Swift from her album Fearless. It’s very good for teaching students how to recognize literary techniques in popular entertainment.

–For Taylor’s story-behind-the-song, click here.

Posted in Fun With Literacy by Corey Green @ Jul 8, 2011


1 Comment

  1. Thank you for your analysis…saved me alot of work!

    Comment by Kathie — August 21, 2011 @ 1:42 PM

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