One of the best sounds in the world is Tom Hiddleston's voice. I'm convinced he could quit acting and just read audio books for the rest of his life and he'd probably make millions of dollars. But, even better than just his voice alone is when he uses it to read poetry! So this is definitely good news: Hiddleston will be reading poetry on BBC Radio in February. On Monday, the station tweeted a photo of the actor recording with them, and announced that he'd be part of their Words & Music program on Feb. 22.
It's been awhile since Hiddleston has performed poetry for his fans, so they're really excited about this news. It's well-known that Hiddleston loves the written word (especially Shakespeare): In 2013 he even participated in The Love Book, an app with a collection of poems read by different celebrities from Hiddleston to Emma Watson to Helena Bonham Carter. "I love poetry," Hiddleston said at the time, "and I love poetry about love."
Perhaps since the BBC program airs so soon after Valentine's Day we'll get to hear him read some love poems. But, no matter which author he recites, it's going to be great because he's so passionate about the poems that you can hear that excitement in his voice.
While we wait for what he has in store on Feb. 22, here are 10 times that Hiddleston stunned us all with his poetic readings.
When He Had Us Swooning Over Shakespeare
I read his famous Sonnet 18 in high school, but it wasn't until Hiddleston read it that I actually understood the beauty of the piece.
When He Had the Fangirls All A-Titter
E.E. Cummings' "May I Feel" is pretty raunchy, and even more so when read by Hiddles.
When He Recited T.S. Elliot
It's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" as told by Hiddleston. We can all thank Flaunt magazine for getting him to talk about poetry during their photoshoot.
When He Channeled His Inner Chris Hemsworth
This is a poem read by Helena Bonham Carter and Tom Hiddleston. As a bonus, Hiddles does an Australian accent. It's flawless.
When He Made You Miss Your Childhood
Bonham Carter and Hiddleston teamed up for a second time to read a poem about "Winnie the Pooh" by A.A. Milne. Cue the nostalgia.
When He Talked to You About Midnight Jaunts
Here Hiddles channels his inner Lord Byron to read "So We'll Go No More a Roving." And yes, it will make you wish you could walk in the moonlight with Hiddleston, but what doesn't make you want to do that?
When He Wanted You to Relax
"Sigh no more ladies, sigh no more," he reads from Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. I wish I could, but this poetry reading just made me sigh all the more because he's perfect.
When He Took on the Classics
John Keats is a poetic master and Hiddleston brings his work to life in an effortless way.
When He Talked About Love
Who knew Shakespeare could sound so sexy? (The way he says "excess" gets me every time.)
When He Basically Complimented You a Lot
I'm just going to pretend this poem is about me.
One thing is for sure: no matter what poetry Hiddles recites on BBC Radio, it's going to capture the hearts of his fangirls because his voice is intoxicating. And if he reads a love poem, well, then we're all just done for. Can't wait!