Classic Love Poems

As soon as Audible announced that they had a Valentine’s Day surprise featuring Richard Armitage, towards the end of 2014, it’s fair to say the internet went a little wild. And, when we were told that it would be a collection of love poems, Audible didn’t need to worry if it would be popular. Richard reads some of his favourite love poems from Shakespeare, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Keats, e.e. Cummings and 11 others – 15 Classic Love Poems, in all and 22 minutes of romantic fan happiness. Audible released the unabridged audiobook just in time for Valentine’s Day, 9th February, 2015. Richard’s performance was a 2016 Audie Award finalist for Best Male Narrator



I actually think love is almost indefinable. Um … it’s a sensation; it’s an idea; it’s … it’s kind of elusive. It’s why there are endless poems about love. There are endless movies made about love; stories that are told about love; paintings that are made – any kind of art form, in a way that human beings attempt to express what they’re feeling and cannot. (Audible Snippets, February 08, 2015)


  • “How do I love thee?” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • “Sonnet 116” by William Shakespeare
  • “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe
  • “To Be One with Each Other” by George Eliot
  • “Maud” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  • “To His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvell
  • “Bright Star” by John Keats
  • “Love’s Philosophy” by Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
  • “Meeting at Night” by Robert Browning
  • “The Dream” by Edna St. Vincent Millay
  • “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” by Christopher Marlowe
  • “I carry your heart” by e. e. cummings
  • “She Walks in Beauty” by Lord Byron
  • “Give All to Love” by Ralph Waldo Emerson