“A red rose grew up out of ice frozen ground… With no one around to tweet it… While I bathe in cliff-side pools… With my calamitous love … and insurmountable grief.” – Taylor Swift, 2020

From songfacts, anthologizing various magazine articles: “The English poet William Wordsworth was born in 1770 in Cockermouth, Cumberland, which is part of the scenic region in northwestern England known as the Lake District. By the turn of the 19th century Wordsworth was living in Dove Cottage on the edge of the village of Grasmere in the center of the Lake District. His fellow romantic poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey were frequent visitors to his home.

“220 years later, Taylor Swift fell in love with the Lake District during a trip with her beau, Joe Alwyn. On “The Lakes,” she sings about the beautiful world heritage site.
Swift finds inspiration in the foothills that surround Windermere, the largest natural lake in England:

“ “Those Windermere peaks look like a perfect place to cry …”

And imagines a social media-free zone in the Lake District’s natural world:

“A red rose grew up out of ice frozen ground
With no one around to tweet it …”

Swift also finds her creative muse stirred by walking in the footsteps of William Wordsworth and company:

“Take me to the lakes, where all the poets went to die …”

She even namechecks Wordsworth with some wordplay:

“I’ve come too far to watch some namedropping sleaze
“Tell me what are my words worth…
i don’t belong….”

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