NEW YORK (AP) — With Valentine's Day fast approaching, what better way to get you in the mood than some of the world's great love poems read aloud — for free?
Audible Inc., the world's largest seller of downloadable audiobooks, is offering a 30-minute collection of some the most beloved love poems narrated by actor Richard Armitage including "Sonnet 116" by William Shakespeare and Andrew Marvell's "To His Coy Mistress."
Starting Monday, the 15 poems will be available as a free download.
The list includes "She Walks In Beauty" by Lord Byron, "How Do I Love Thee?" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, "Maud" by Lord Alfred Tennyson, "Bright Star" by John Keats, "Annabel Lee," by Edgar Allan Poe, "I Carry Your Heart" by e. e. cummings and "Love's Philosophy," by Percy Bysshe Shelley.
"These are some of the most beautiful and most romantic verses ever written in the English language," said Armitage, a stage and film actor who was in the "The Hobbit" trilogy.
"I hope that those who are already admirers of these works enjoy my recitation, and that those discovering them for the first time through this production fall in love with the melodious and heartfelt poetry that makes Valentine's Day and every day just a little bit more romantic."
"Sonnet 116": https://soundcloud.com/audible/sonnet-116
"Bright Star": https://soundcloud.com/audible/bright-star