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Taylor Swift's Upcoming Album May Represent Stages Of Grief Theory

Taylor Swift's Upcoming Album May Represent Stages Of Grief Theory

Entertainment Desk 27 Feb , 2024 02:55 PM GMT

  • The album features multiple versions symbolizing stages of grief.

  • Fans theorize each version represents a different stage - denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance.

  • Speculation aligns with Elizabeth Kübler Ross's stages of grief.

Taylor Swift's Upcoming Album May Represent Stages Of Grief Theory
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Taylor Swift’s fans are known for their keen ability to decipher hidden messages in the pop star’s work. With the upcoming release of her album, The Tortured Poets Department, speculation is rife among Swifties about the meaning behind the multiple variations of the album.

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Although Swift has not revealed much about her 11th studio album, she has dropped hints that suggest each limited-edition version of the LP will symbolize a different stage of grief. The three confirmed versions so far are “The Manuscript,” “The Bolter,” and “The Albatross.”

By analyzing the covers and taglines of each version, fans have theorized that Swift may release a total of five editions, each representing a stage of grief - denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. This theory aligns with the stages of grief outlined by Elizabeth Kübler Ross in her book On Death and Dying.

For instance, “The Manuscript” with the tagline “I love you, it’s ruining my life” is thought to represent denial. “The Bolter” with the tagline “You don’t get to tell me about sad” could symbolize anger, while “The Albatross” asking “Am I allowed to cry?” may signify bargaining.

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Swift’s fans have noted that the album covers have progressively darker hues, leading them to believe that two more versions representing depression and acceptance may be released before the album's launch on April 19.

Furthermore, the tracklist for The Tortured Poets Department includes songs like “So Long, London,” “But Daddy I Love Him,” “I Can Fix Him (No, Really, I Can),” and “Down Bad,” fueling speculation that the album is inspired by a breakup, possibly with Joe Alwyn, whom Swift dated for six years before their split in April 2023.

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During her Eras Tour concert, Swift expressed how creating The Tortured Poets Department was a cathartic experience for her. She emphasized the importance of songwriting in helping her navigate through life, particularly during this album's creation.

The Tortured Poets Department is set to be released on April 19, promising an emotional journey for both Swift and her devoted fans.

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