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17 Shakespeare Plays Summed Up by a Single Taylor Swift Lyric

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?