POETRY from The Poetry Foundation
By The Poetry Foundation
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With the Poetry Foundation's universal iOS app, you can now take thousands of poems by classic and contemporary poets with you wherever you go.
From William Shakespeare to César Vallejo to Heather McHugh, the Poetry Foundation's app turns your phone, iPod Touch or iPad into a mobile poetry library:
* Search for old favorites with memorable lines.
* Give your device a shake to discover new poems to fit any mood.
* Save your favorite poems to read and share later—through Facebook, Twitter, or e-mail.
* Read poems by T.S. Eliot, Pablo Neruda, Lucille Clifton, Emily Dickinson, and many others.
Nominated for a WEBBY award.
What's New in Version 2.20160915
Updates and performance enhancements.
Enjoy the concept, however...
I enjoy reading poetry and love writing poetry. I think the Poetry Foundation had a good idea to have an app for its organization. People could then read poetry on the go if they don't prefer reading from books (although I prefer books).
My main problem is that there is so much technicality going into how a poet wants their poem to be interpreted. When reading on the app, the lines don't match up to when I read it on my laptop or computer.
For a poet, where you punctuate, which word will start the next line or stanza, etc., is SO important. This app messes with the rhythm of the poems, because of it. I am assuming smartphones aren't not wide enough and have to move some words to another line (which for engaged poet readers, is not a good sign). So, I wouldn't suggest downloading this on phones. You will lose some of a poet's voice and how he or she wants their work to connect to the reader by doing so.
Great… but only if you like poetry
This app is okay for just any old app, but if you like reading poetry then it's fantastic. The user interface is a little quirky but it delivers the goods (i.e. poetry). It's easy to find most of the classic poems with which you are probably familiar but it's also easy to find a lot of new material you might not know about. Some of the poems are even accompanied by a reading of the poem you can listen to in the app. I cannot recommend this application highly enough if you like poetry. But if you are just looking for another app to download then it's probably not the right app for you.
Great at what it does...
...which is present thousands of poems and poetry in an interesting and engaging way.
Regarding complaints that it is not complete without certain poets, it makes no claim to being a complete anthology. They can only publish online poems for which they have permission or are in public domain.
And, in regard to the complaints that it doesn't maintain line breaks, it states clearly that the mobile app cannot maintain line breaks the way a printed page can and points readers to the full website.