Lockdown love and absent friends
Valentine's Day is not the only day to let someone know you are thinking about them, especially this year.
We've gathered together content featuring love in many guises: make someone a special heart booklet, take time to listen to our four-part dramatic reading of the Greek myth Cupid & Psyche, or explore some of our 'love' themed online resources.
Make a heart-shaped bookhttps://www.youtube.com/embed/S7axkm6Hx2k
Make your own heart-shaped book. Fill it with photos, doodles, happy memories or love poetry – the 14 little pages even make it perfect for a sonnet, line by line. For some inspiration, why not use Shakespeare's sonnets.
Share your creations with us on social media using #BodleianCraft
Watch a dramatic reading of the story of Cupid and Psyche
Amantha Edmead reads the troubling Greek myth of Cupid and Psyche – lovers who deceive and betray one another but eventually find happiness – no thanks to Cupid's mum. The story influenced fairy tales like Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast, and is first found in The Golden Ass of Lucius Apuleius in the 2nd century CE. This rhyming retelling is adapted from the epic poem by William Morris, whose own marriage had its challenges. We have paired the story with the original illustrations by Edward Burne-Jones, courtesy of the Ashmolean Museum. The reading is split into four parts.
Part one of four of the story of Cupid and Psyche told by Amantha Edmead
Part two of four of the story of Cupid and Psyche told by Amantha Edmead
Part three of four of the story of Cupid and Psyche told by Amantha Edmead
Part four of four of the story of Cupid and Psyche told by Amantha Edmead
Explore our collections about love
Find out more about love in the Bodleian Libraries:
- Explore love and valentines on the John Johnson Collection blog
- Discover the beauty of Persian manuscripts and the stories of human and divine love told through their pages in our online exhibition Love and Devotion
Shop for a special someone
Let someone know you're thinking of them right now with a gift from our online shop.
This content is generously supported by The Helen Hamlyn Trust.
Imagery used in the reading of the story of Cupid and Psyche generously provided by The Ashmolean Museum.