Taylor Swift Is A Real Poet, Shakespeare Expert Says As He Compares Her To The Bard A Shakespeare expert is praising Taylor Swift, calling her a “real poet” and comparing her to historical writers. Jonathan Bate, a former Shakespeare professor, thinks the popstar has a literary sensibility shown in her debut album. “Listening to her lyrics, which most of the rapturous (mainly female) audience seemed to know by heart, I came away with confirmation of a thought I first had 15 years ago: this isn’t just high-class showbiz, Taylor Swift is a real poet,” Bate wrote in a Sunday Times Magazine article after attending her Eras Tour. Bate compared her song “Love Story” to Shakespeare, and he used her album, “Fearless” to teach his students at Warwick University about Shakespeare’s adaptations. Do you think Taylor Swift is modern-day Shakespeare?