If you listen to Taylor Swift’s Folklore, the album that she confidentially recorded during quarantine the singer is found to expand her storytelling skills. But how does it happen all along? Well, the fact comes with a trio of songs that collectively constitutes her “Teenage Love Triangle” trilogy. Moreover, it has turned out to be the A-list pop-star equivalent of throwing up AO3.
With a final stroke
When Swift came to celebrate the album’s launch, she indulged in a narrative session of Q&A over YouTube. There, she told, “I created character arcs and recurring themes that map out who is singing about whom. These three songs explore a love triangle from all three people’s perspectives at different times in their lives.”
Breaking the surface
Although she has stayed silent about what exactly forms the triptych, her lyrical Easter eggs spoke about them in a subtle manner. If you have already noticed, the trio of “cardigan,” “august,” and “betty” defines such continuation.
Weaving the tale
To trace the first song, “Cardigan” is narrated by a woman whom we later know as Betty. In the track, she recalls an intense relationship from her youthful days. Next, if we consider “August” from Evita, it’s an “other woman” singing about the end of an accord, voicing her relative insignificance in her lover’s life. The projected thoughts get stressed by the fact that she doesn’t even get a name in the affair. Moreover, there is hardly any mention of her in the other two songs, while “august” serves as a chance for her to assert the personal narrative which depicting the summer vibes. At that time, she was an inexperienced youngster for whom if it wasn’t loving, infatuation described her feelings.
Lastly, while the narrators of “cardigan” and “august” cast their look back on the love triangle hovering from the past, “betty” takes place in the present tense, sung from the perspective of James who is in his 17.