February 10, 2010
Send a recorded love poem to your Valentine!
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Poetry Archive! In partnership with The Times Online, we have put together a wonderful collection of recordings of poems to enthral, entertain and beguile lovers everywhere. If you’re a UK resident, you can choose the poem and the reader you think are likely to have the desired effect on your beloved, and then, for a payment of £3, send the recording to his or her mobile phone. All proceeds will help us add more recordings to the Archive.
We have recordings by poets from the Archive – love poetry by Carol Ann Duffy, Andrew Motion, Wendy Cope, Jenny Joseph, Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, Pam Ayres, Michael Longley and others. And, to make the day even more special, great actors and performers have very generously recorded classic poems from the past. You can send Jude Law to your beloved reading Byron’s ‘She walks in beauty…’; Judi Dench reads Elizabeth Barratt Browning’s ‘How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…’; Keira Knightley reads Shelley’s Love’s Philosophy – ‘What is all this sweet work worth / If thou kiss not me?’; Ian McKellen reads Christopher Marlowe’s A Passionate Shepherd to His Love: ‘Come live with me and be my love…’ We also have readings by Helen Mirren,
Daniel Radcliffe, Joanna Lumley, Kenneth Branagh, Ronan Keating, Rosamund Pike, James Earl Jones and more.
Please go to
_entertainment/books/poetry/article7008886.ece to send your Valentine poem.