Teaching Similes and Metaphors with Taylor Swift

Love her or hate her, there is no denying Taylor Swift’s dominance in the music industry. Only 22 years old, she has become an International star in quick fashion.

Earlier last month, I posted a playlist to teach similes using music from the ‘80s.

Well, here is another playlist geared towards teaching your students about similes and metaphors using none other than the songs of Taylor Swift.

Below are five songs by Taylor Swift with links to the full lyrics and the examples of the figure of speech.

And what better day to teach this than on this Thursday, December 13th…Taylor’s birthday.

Our Song
“Our song is the slamming screen door,
Sneakin’ out late, tapping on your window
When we’re on the phone and you talk real slow
’cause it’s late and your mama don’t know
Our song is the way you laugh
The first date: “Man, I didn’t kiss her, and I should have”
And when I got home … ‘fore I said amen
Asking God if he could play it again”

Speak Now
“Wearing a gown shaped like a pastry”

“And the organ starts to play
A song that sounds like a death march”

“She floats down the aisle like a pageant queen”

Sparks Fly
“The way you move is like a full on rainstorm
And I’m a house of cards”

“I’m captivated by you, baby, like a firework show.”

“You, with your words like knives
And swords and weapons that you use against me”

“You, with your voice like nails on a chalkboard
Calling me out when I’m wounded”

Today Was A Fairy Tale
“Today was a fairytale
You were the prince
I used to be a damsel in distress
You took me by the hand and you picked me up at six
Today was a fairytale”

4 thoughts on “Teaching Similes and Metaphors with Taylor Swift

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  2. This might not work with all pupils. Some pupils will not like this particular style of music. If you’re going to use music, let pupils find their own songs with similies.

    • I believe this is why the title includes the artist’s name. Taylor Swift is a well-known Country/Pop artist, hence the type of music in his examples. So, no, it might not work for all. You are free to let your students find their own music of choice, as is any other teacher, but rather than criticize him for his choice of music style, I choose to thank him for a wonderful resource.

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