Did You Get Your Love Poems Yet?

Richard Armitage Classic Love Poems

Are you one of those fans who could listen to Richard Armitage read the phone book? Well, he’s done something much better. He has a little gift for us at Valentine’s. He’s recited 15 classic love poems, and they’re free.

If you’re one of those who is not sure about Richard’s voice work, a little taste:

So what are you waiting for? Oh, you don’t have an Audible account? No big deal unless you’re like a friend of mine who will not give up her name and email unless it’s life and death. Yeah, she’s paranoid. Frankly, I don’t blame her. But I understand she relented for this. :D

For those who downloaded and you’re like me and want to know exactly where certain poems are located, here you go:

00:00 1st Chapter – How Do I Love Thee? by Elizabeth Barret Browning

01:22 2nd Chapter – Sonnet 116 by Shakespeare

02:23 3rd Chapter – Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe

04:20 4th Chapter – To Be One With Each Other by George Eliot

04:47 5th Chapter – Maud by Alfred Lord Tennyson

08:15 6th Chapter – To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell

10:34 7th Chapter – Bright Star by John Keats

11:41 8th Chapter – Love’s Philosophy by Percy Bysshe Shelley

12:33 9th Chapter – 1st Corinthians 13:4-8 by the Apostle Paul

13:30 10th Chapter – Meeting at Night by Robert Browning

14:19 11th Chapter – The Dream by Edna St. Vincent Millay

15:24 12th Chapter – The Passionate Shepherd to His Love by Christopher Marlowe

16:48 13th Chapter – I Carry Your Heart by e e cummings

18:08 14th Chapter – She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron

19:21 15th Chapter – Give All to Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson

note: times are at “normal” speed and are approximate.


Richard,

Thank you for the Valentine’s gift. Your voice is my favorite aspect of your talent. I have adored it from my first introduction to your work, but I never thought to hear you recite something like this:

I’m enjoying all of the poems, but that one is especially appreciated, and I’m certain there are others who feel the same.

Thank you again,
A sometimes crazy fan

P.S. Love the video explaining how you see poetry. And love.

The Misty Mountains Call

[note: mp3 download at bottom of the post]

Who knew the dwarves singing would be absolutely wondrous by evoking such a keen sense of adventure? It’s telling how the song pervades my spirit and immediately demands an identification with 13 guys from a fictional place. At less than one minute, I’m hooked and ready to go with them. Bravo! Peter Jackson and Howard Shore and Tolkien of course! Bravo! But then comes the let down that the wait will be a year. Thankfully, a few things are occurring to alleviate the withdrawal. I’m reading Tolkien. Read The Hobbit again a few months ago, and pictured Richard Armitage marvelously as Thorin. Thank you again, Peter Jackson! I’m also starting the trilogy and heck, I’ve purchased all of Tolkien’s works including the non-fiction (more on that later) and some of it in more than one format. Several are duplicated on my Kindle. Yes, sometimes I really am insane. Oh, and I’ve purchased this as well as reading lots of excellent sites which give literary analysis of Tolkien.

As if that weren’t enough, I’ve downloaded Over the Misty Mountains Cold (a longer version) to my iPod where I will listen to it until I have learned every measure and their dynamics, and hopefully, get tired of it and then grow to love it again before the movie is released. And I found this video of it on YouTube. Phew, is it fun to surf around today! If you haven’t tried it, go for it. Lots of interesting things to read and watch about ‘The Hobbit.’ Good thing I’m on vacation. Just don’t get caught up on stuff like this as I did.

Tolkien obviously loved music, and his passion abounds even now. He’s inspired countless others with his sense of the epic. Here’s another site I found surfing around awhile back. Wonderful! And be sure to check out the last guy on the list. He and his band are an old favorite — Tolkien inspired songs or not. If you don’t know him, check this out, and I’ll stop there as I feel a tangent coming on. Yeah, I know some of you remember that song. :D

In the meantime, here is an mp3 version for those who need a regular fix.

edit: bccmee made a version of this that I love: