Poets have always written poems about love. We have put together a collection of recordings of some of the best classic love poems, introduced and read for you by today’s poets. From Elizabeth Barrett Browning asking “How do I love thee?” to Lord Byron declaring “She walks in beauty like the night”, these poems are all about that universal theme of love.

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How do I love thee?

Read by Lavinia Greenlaw
How do I love thee? - Elizabeth Barrett Browning - Read by Lavinia Greenlaw

She Walks in Beauty

Read by Fleur Adcock
She Walks in Beauty - Lord Byron - Read by Fleur Adcock
Let me not to the marriage of true minds… (Sonnet 116) - William Shakespeare - Read by James Fenton

Invitation To Love

Read by Jacob Sam-La Rose
Invitation To Love - Paul Laurence Dunbar - Read by Jacob Sam-La Rose

The Resolve

Read by Denise Riley
The Resolve - Lady Mary Wortley Montagu - Read by Denise Riley
Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal - Alfred Tennyson - Read by Andrew Motion
In summer’s heat and midtime of the day - Christopher Marlowe - Read by Simon Armitage

The Good-morrow

Read by Adam Foulds
The Good-morrow - John Donne - Read by Adam Foulds
The Song of Wandering Aengus - William Butler Yeats - Read by Maurice Riordan

Dover Beach

Read by Alan Brownjohn
Dover Beach - Matthew Arnold - Read by Alan Brownjohn