Although the former One Direction member, Harry Styles, has dipped his toes into the worlds of acting and modeling, he will always be a singer, songwriter, and poet. Harry Styles released his second solo album, Fine Line, in 2019. His opening track, “Golden“, takes the listener on a ride to experience the highs and fears of a new relationship. Styles begins the song with,
Golden, golden, golden as I open my eyes Hold it, focus, hoping, take me back to the light I know you were way too bright for me I'm hopeless, broken, so you wait for me in the sky
The “you” in this song is someone whom Styles loves and wants to be with. There is a metaphor, where Styles compares this person to the sun. He mentions that they are “in the sky” and he is trying to “focus” on them, like someone looking at the “too bright” sun. This metaphor suggests that they are beautiful, precious, magical, good, hard to reach, etc. He wants to be brought “back to the light”, otherwise known as his special someone. He feels like the person is too good and “too bright” for his “hopeless” and “broken” self. With the metaphor and continuous use of descriptive words such as golden, bright, and light, he creates the conflicting experience of wanting to be with someone. This use of multidimensional language is one criterion that makes poetry, poetry, according to Perrine. Harry Styles continues with the chorus,
You're so golden I'm out of my head, and I know that you're scared Because hearts get broken
The title, “Golden”, hints at the song’s metaphor comparing this person to gold or the sun and the repetition of the line, “You’re so golden”. The fear of getting your heart broken is a huge part of relationships. The chorus gives the listener the experience of this fear, but it also shows the other amazing part of a relationship: being totally infatuated with someone. In the second verse, Styles gives the experience of how a relationship and love can affect someone.
I can feel you take control (I can feel you take control) Of who I am, and all I've ever known Lovin' you's the antidote
This verse communicates the wonderful experience of how someone has control over their loved ones. The speaker has lost control of themselves and will do anything for their loved one. The line, “Lovin’ you’s the antidote” ties back to the line in the first verse, “I’m helpless, broken…” Loving this person is making the speaker better. Styles implies that relationships can be “the antidote” to loneliness and can improve people’s lives.
This well written and performed song is poetry because it conveys the experience of being in love and starting a new relationship.