It looks like Taylor Swift is a distant relative of Emily Dickinson — a poet she's thought to have long admired

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  • Ancestry says pop star Taylor Swift and American poet Emily Dickinson are distantly related.

  • They share a common ancestor, a 17th-century English immigrant, according to the genealogy website.

  • Swift has previously discussed Dickinson and some say her lyrics reference the poet.

Genealogy website Ancestry announced that Taylor Swift is distantly related to the American poet Emily Dickinson.

According to Ancestry, Swift and Dickinson are sixth cousins, three times removed, tracing their roots back to the same 17th-century English immigrant.

That ancestor was Swift's ninth great-grandfather and Dickinson's sixth great-grandfather, Ancestry said in an Instagram post.

The Today program was the first to report on this.

The genealogy website said the shared relative was an early settler of Windsor, Connecticut.

"Taylor Swift's ancestors remained in Connecticut for six generations until her part of the family eventually settled in northwestern Pennsylvania, where they married into the Swift family line," Ancestry told Today.

Swift, who has an upcoming album called "The Tortured Poets Department," was born in West Reading, Pennsylvania.

In the past, the pop star referenced the poet, who died in 1886 and is considered one of the most important figures in American poetry.

During an acceptance speech at Nashville Songwriters Association International in 2022, Swift said: "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."

Her ninth album, "Evermore," was released on December 10, 2020. which coincides with Dickinson's birthday.

Some even believe the title to have been inspired by a line from Dickinson's poem, "One Sister Have I in Our House," which includes the word "forevermore."

Indeed, lyrics from the album have sparked connections to Dickinson.

A Business Insider overview of the literary references in Swift's songs from last year noted that many fans think the 10th track on "Evermore" was inspired by Dickinson.

The song "Ivy" is interpreted by some as telling the story of a lesbian affair. Scholars believe Dickinson was a lesbian and in love with her childhood best friend, Sue Gilbert, who ended up marrying Dickinson's brother.

The Apple TV+ series "Dickinson," which largely focuses on the poet's supposed romantic interest in Gilbert, featured the song.

According to showrunner Alena Smith, Swift personally approved her song being used in the show.

Representatives for Swift did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.

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