English Teacher Analyzes "Illicit" Affairs by Taylor Swift





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  1. CORRECTION– PLEASE READ:
    In the video I mention a poem by Robert Frost, but I call it by the wrong name. The actual name of the poem is, "The Road Not Taken". There is, however, a line in the poem where the speaker states that he took the road, "less travelled by" (Frost). Therefore, I still think that Taylor is making an allusion to the poem regarding the importance of choices. In this case, the speaker chooses to continue this illicit affair. Literally, she and the person with whom she is having the affair have to take a secluded road on the way home, so people don't see them. Figuratively, the road represents the gravity of the choice. Choices make all of the difference, after all!

    Thanks for watching! Love you guys!

  2. Hi! I love your videos and the way you analyze every single detail and I wanted to ask you if you take any requests at the moment. It’s not a problem if you don’t. I completely understand and respect that. Have a nice day and I hope that you are ok. Thank you 😊

  3. By the way I'm really sorry that talking about fan theories has been ruined for you 🙁 you know.. I really love fan theories and analyzing them and I also know that I could be sometimes a little too blunt when I found some theories don't make sense. When you said that, it totally hit me and I really felt guilty just by the thought of " I could be one of those comments on previous viedos that kinda ruined this thing for you " :((( so if by any chances I was one of them I need you to know that I am really sorry and I really didn't mean to come off that way. Anyway.. Have a nice wonderfull day! 💜💜💜

  4. Wow I can’t believe you haven’t listened to this song that much. It’s one of my favorites off Folklore. The bridge is one of my favorites. I think when she says “don’t call me kid don’t call me baby” she is referencing old movies when the guy would call the women kid. Like in Casablanca that famous line “here’s looking at you kid.” I also wonder if this song is meant to be in the Cardigan, Betty, August triangle. I’m pretty sure she said only 3 songs go together but it’s hard for me to believe this song doesn’t go with those other songs.

  5. Hey! I love your work. If possible, could you please analyse clean versions of The Weeknd or other songs (like rap) which deal with themes of addiction or even, social evils. Id love it if you consider that for future vids.
    Love,
    N.

  6. I watch every single video u put out as soon as i can and it might be weird that even though I've always liked taylor but after watching your videos I'm borderline obsessed with her and your videos.

    P. S. I cried like a baby after i watched ur champagne problems video.

  7. just one question: which folklore/evermore infidelity song is your favourite? 😉
    (yknow: illicit affairs, august, ivy, no body, no crime, betty)

    (also im loving your blank space sweater!!!!)

  8. Also mercurial means (essentially) 'ups and downs' because in older thermometers, the metal used to measure the temperature was mercury, hence marking the temperature going up and down!

  9. I honestly always got the feeling this song takes place from the perspective of August (aka the girl James had an affair with while he was in a relationship with Betty, back when they were all 17 in high school). The beautiful rooms part does give off the idea of a hotel setting, so it kind of falls apart when taking into account them all being minors, though technically this could refer to a number of things.

    I think it's also interesting to note that this song is two tracks after August on Folklore, and I mention this because I get the feeling August feels this after the feelings of the song August; meaning, now that she's had ample time to reflect on the relationship, she's been able to not only process the honeymoon phase aspect of it all so to speak, but now also its dark side, so as to get a clear view of the full picture and move forward with herself in clarity. To me that ties into the whole "emerging from the cold darkness" sort of feeling evoked by Evermore, Folklore's sequel album (which is emphasized by Evermore's titular track also being the album's final track; not counting the bonus tracks of course, though still).

    Also!! I don't know if you've done one yet, but I was wondering if you would do a video like this for Taylor's song Mad Woman? It's one of my absolute favorites and I would love to see what you have to say about it; it's definitely up to you though & regardless, your content and overall personality are lovely!

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