I've loved poetry for as long as I can remember. Therefore it comes as no surprise that I was overjoyed when I discovered that there was an app with recordings of some of my favourite actors reciting poetry. The Love Book app boasts an impressive selection of poems, supplemented by short stories, prose and letters, all inspired by the greatest of human emotions: love. The creator, Allie Esiri, wanted to bring the masses closer to great works of literature in a manner that would appeal to millennials as well. In order to achieve this, she enlisted the help of Hollywood actors and actresses, like Emma Watson and Helena Bonham Carter of Harry Potter fame, and Tom Hiddleston, best known for his role as Loki in Marvel films.
Not only does that app give users the option to listen to poetry recited to them by their favourite actors, but it also allows them to record themselves reading the poems or create and record their very own poems. These recordings can then be shared with friends and loved ones. While I have yet to share any of my recordings, I feel that this app has done a great job of encouraging millennials to explore the world of literature. I, for one, found that I had committed lengthy poems to memory just by listening to them so often.
One of these poems is W.H. Auden's "As I Walked Out One Evening." This poem has fast become one of my favourite poems because of Auden's portrayal of the inescapability of time. The poem fully captures the disillusionment regarding love that swept across Europe during the early twentieth century, but also manages to remain relevant today at the same time. You can hear Tom Hiddleston's recital of "As I Walked Out One Evening" below.