ELT/EFL: Awesome for Advanced English Classes: TAYLOR SWIFT: A SOCRATIC DIALOGUE


This is a very clever play of philosophy and pop music, very cool!!! See it at http://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/taylor-swift-a-socratic-dialogue Let your students perform/sing this song and discuss the meaning!



TAYLORSWIFT: Tell me, Socrates, must the player always play, play, play?

SOCRATES: Well, that depends on what it is to be a player and what it means to play. Could you be more specific?

SWIFT: I’m thinking of the dirty, dirty cheats of the world. Those about whom so many get down and out while they could be getting down to sick beats. Alcibiades, for example, abandoned Athens and sought refuge in Sparta, then left Sparta for Persia before finally returning to Athens, leaving an inter-imperial trail of broken hearts.

SOCRATES: Yes, I see. Alcibiades is, in fact, a player who will play, play, play.

SWIFT: Yes, very much…

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