Audio Recordings

16th Century

  1. Richard Barnfield, 11 ("Sighing, and sadly sitting by my love")
    Credit: Read by Stephen Greenblatt
  2. Thomas Campion, My sweetest Lesbia
    Credit: Read by Stephen Greenblatt
  3. Michael Drayton, 61, ("Since there's no help, come, let us kiss and part")
    Credit: Read by Stephen Greenblatt
  4. Queen Elizabeth I, "When I Was Fair and Young," ca. 1585.
    Credit: Read by Mary Jo Salter.
  5. Thomas Lodge, "Pluck the fruit and taste the pleasure"
    Credit: Read by Stephen Greenblatt
  6. Christopher Marlowe, "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love," 1599-1600.
    Credit: Read by James Knapp.
  7. Sir Walter Ralegh, "What is our life?"
    Credit: Read by Stephen Greenblatt
  8. Sir Walter Ralegh, "Conclusion: On Death" from The History of the World
    Credit: Read by Stephen Greenblatt
  9. William Shakespeare, Sonnet 30("When to the sessions of sweet silent thought")
    Credit: Read by M. H. Abrams
  10. William Shakespeare, Sonnet 55 ("Not marble nor the gilded monuments")
    Credit: Read by M. H. Abrams
  11. William Shakespeare, Sonnet 146 ("Poor soul, the center of my sinful earth"), 1609.
    Credit: Read by James Knapp.
  12. Edmund Spenser, Sonnet 75, 1595.
    Credit: Read by James Knapp.
  13. Sir Thomas Wyatt the Elder, "They flee from me"
    Credit: Read by James Knapp.
  14. Sir Thomas Wyatt the Elder, "Whoso list to hunt"
    Credit: Read by Stephen Greenblatt

Early 17th Century

  1. Thomas Carew, A Song ("Ask me no more where Jove bestows")
    Credit: Read by M. H. Abrams
  2. John Donne, 14 ("Batter my heart, three personed God; for you")
    Credit: Read by Stephen Greenblatt
  3. John Donne, "The Canonization"
    Credit: Read by Stephen Greenblatt
  4. John Donne, "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning," 1633.
    Credit: Read by James Knapp.
  5. George Herbert, "The Collar"
    Credit: Read by Stephen Greenblatt
  6. Robert Herrick, "Upon Julia's Clothes"
    Credit: Read by Stephen Greenblatt
  7. Ben Jonson, "On My First Son"
    Credit: Read by Stephen Greenblatt
  8. Andrew Marvell, "To His Coy Mistress"
    Credit: Read by Stephen Greenblatt
  9. John Milton, "When I Consider How My Light Is Spent"
    Credit: Read by Stephen Greenblatt
  10. John Milton,Paradise Lost, Book I
    Credit: Read by M. H. Abrams. FromParadise Lost: A Norton Critical Edition, Second Edition by John Milton, edited by Scott Elledge. Copyright © 1993, 1975 by W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. Used by permission of W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
  11. John Milton,Paradise Lost, Book II
    Credit: Read by M. H. Abrams. FromParadise Lost: A Norton Critical Edition, Second Edition by John Milton, edited by Scott Elledge. Copyright © 1993, 1975 by W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. Used by permission of W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.