What do Taylor Swift and Pens.com have in common? Aside from our entrepreneurial spirits, we share a passion for pens. And though we’re happy to leave the songwriting to Taylor Swift, we’d like to think we’re the experts on pens, pencils, and writing instruments of all kinds—including Taylor Swift pens.
As part of an acceptance speech in 2022, Taylor mentioned that she divides all of her songs into three categories, based on the kind of pen she imagines writing them with. “I have, in my mind, secretly, established genre categories for lyrics I write,” she said. “They are affectionately titled Quill Lyrics, Fountain Pen Lyrics, and Glitter Gel Pen Lyrics.”
Keep reading to learn about the three kinds of pens that inspire Taylor…and shop for some Swiftie-inspired styles at the end!
In Taylor Swift quill lyrics, you’ll find words and phrases that feel antiquated or Victorian. For these songs, she cites Charlotte Bronte and period films (complete with poet shirts and corsets) as inspirations. “If my lyrics sound like a letter written by Emily Dickinson’s great grandmother while sewing a lace curtain, that’s me writing in the Quill genre,” Taylor said in her 2022 acceptance speech at the Nashville Songwriter Awards.
Naturally, it makes sense that songs like “evermore,” “Sad Beautiful Tragic,” “Snow On The Beach,” and “the last great american dynasty” are on the Taylor Swift Quill Pen playlist.
Quill pens, or feather pens, were popular writing tools as early as the 7th century. Made simply from a large feather (usually from a goose or swan), the feather and shaft were cured to improve sturdiness and durability. The hollow shaft acted as a natural ink reserve, while the tip was shaped into a nib that could be repeatedly dipped in ink and used to write.
Today, quill pens are more of a novelty item, but in their heyday, these pens were used to write the Magna Carta and the United States Declaration of Independence—texts almost as important as Taylor Swift’s discography. (Kidding! Well, kind of.)
Taylor’s fountain pen songs have an element of sacred nostalgia. In her 2022 acceptance speech at the Nashville Songwriter Awards, Taylor said that this song category paints “a vivid picture of a situation, down to the chipped paint on the door frame and the incense dust on the vinyl shelf. Placing yourself and whoever is listening right there in the room where it all happened. The love, the loss, everything. The songs I categorise in this style sound like confessions scribbled and sealed in an envelope, but too brutally honest to ever send.”
So, it should come as no surprise that songs like “All Too Well,” “Cornelia Street,” “Cruel Summer,” “White Horse,” and “Maroon” are on the Taylor Swift Fountain Pen playlist.
The first fountain pen dates back to 1702, and was actually inspired by the quill pen. Fountain pens allow for natural ink flow from the ink reservoir through the tip of the pen with a replaceable cartridge. Fountain pens are a popular choice for calligraphy, since the user has control over the speed, angle, and width of the lines. Whether you use one to pen a letter to your lover or address your wedding invitations, a fountain pen is a sophisticated, dramatic choice for modern-day writing.
What’s a glitter gel pen song, you ask? “Frivolous, carefree, bouncy, syncopated perfectly to the beat, Giltter Gel Pen lyrics don’t care if you don’t take them seriously because they don’t take themselves seriously,” Taylor explained in her Nashville Songwriter Award acceptance speech. “Glitter Gel Pen lyrics are the drunk girl at the party who tells you that you look like an angel in the bathroom.”
On the Taylor Swift Glitter Gel Pen playlist, you’ll find sing-along-ready anthems like “You Need to Calm Down,” “22,” “You Belong With Me,” and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” After all, is there a more Taylor Swift glitter lyric than “Best believe I’m still bejeweled/When I walk in the room/I can still make the whole place shimmer/?”
Something about gel pens—specifically glitter ones—feels *so* right for Taylor Swift. After all, what millennial Swiftie *didn’t* have a complete set of colourful gel pens growing up? Gel pens were first introduced in the ‘80s, made with a water-based ink that’s vibrant in colour and oh-so-smooth. Channel your inner Taylor to sign a birthday card for your bestie, whether she’s turning 22 or just feeling 22.
Ready to put your own pen to paper? Write your next ballad (or to-do list) with a pen that we think Taylor would approve of. (Added bonus: you can customise these pens with your name, favourite Taylor Swift lyric, or whatever your heart desires!)
From writing lyrics to composing chords, this multi-functional pen includes a pen and highlighter. It’s perfect for making revisions, brainstorming, and jotting down late-night bursts of inspiration.
This shimmery gel pen is sure to become a day-to-day favourite, whether it’s for lyrics or to-do lists.
Whether you’re enjoying the autumn colours, driving a new Maserati, or cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs, do it with a red (ahem, Red) and gold pen.
We hope you find this blog post on Taylor Swift pens to be perfectly fine! Now, what’s your favourite Swift lyrics by pen type? Tell us on Facebook.
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