OFFSTAGE: Taylor Swift Captivated by Poet

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So much for quoting old country songs. Taylor Swift’s liner notes from her new album Red start with a quote from the late Chilean poet Pablo Neruda .

“There’s an old poem by Neruda that I’ve always been captivated by, and one of the lines in it has stuck with me ever since the first time I read it. It says ’love is so short, forgetting is so long,'” Swift writes.

It’s from his poem “Tonight I Can Write the Saddest Lines.” Swift goes on to say that his thought is one she has related to in her saddest moments. And that her experiences in love have taught her difficult lessons, especially her experiences with “crazy love.” That love — the red kind — is the kind she’d never take back. So, lesson learned.

As for the real love that shines and doesn’t fade, Swift says that maybe she’ll write a whole album about that kind of love if she ever finds it. But in the meantime, if Swift ever needs more sad song inspiration, she could just look at that Neruda poem again. With verses like “What does it matter that my love could not keep her, the night is shattered and she is not with me,” and “Though this be the last pain that she makes me suffer and these the last verses that I write for her,” this poem’s just a country song waiting to be written.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.