Taylor Swift, Underdog Voices, and Women’s Historical Right to ‘Bolt’

May 07, 2024 by Frances Osborne

If you’ve followed the latest Taylor Swift The Tortured Poets Department album release, you’ve likely listened to all 31 new songs by now—including sure-to-be-classics like “Fortnight” and “The Smallest Man That Ever Lived,” an ex-lover burn built out of sheer agony over the loss of what could have been. My favorite, and the song that provides the greatest insight into why Taylor Swift is an icon in her own right, is “The Bolter.”