Love poems read by actor Richard Armitage available for free download

Richard Armitage
Richard Armitage, pictured in December 2014. Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

NEW YORK — 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.”

The 15 poems are available as a free download. (An Amazon account is required.)

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.

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“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.”

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