Sonnet 18 as read by Tom Hiddleston


Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm’d;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course, untrimm’d:
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st:
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

The video is taken from the Love App, which was launched in 2013 as part of National Poetry Day in the UK. The app features a collection of famous love poems and letters. The works are read by actors Damian Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Helen McCrory, Gina Belman and Tom Hiddleston. Besides encouraging an appreciation for poetry, the project supports Save the Children.

Along with Sonnet 18, there are works by Emily Dickinson, Jane Austen and e.e. cummings, as well as others.

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