Poems By Heart from Penguin Classics
By Penguin Group USA
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Poems By Heart from Penguin Classics celebrates classic poetry and challenges you to memorize perennial favorites by master wordsmiths. Memorizing and reciting poems helps you enjoy them at a deeper level, learn them for life, impress your friends, and improve your mind—and Poems By Heart makes it fun, easy, and addictive.
The app features:
-Four free poems, including a love sonnet by Shakespeare (“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day”) and the classic “Eldorado" by Edgar Allan Poe
-37 poems available in the Poetry Shop (plus the first part of “The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám”), with new additions every month through the first half of 2014
-Works by Walt Whitman, Christina Rossetti, W.B. Yeats, James Weldon Johnson, and eighteen other iconic poets
-Verses of adventure, romance, horror, and more, all carefully selected and edited by the experts at Penguin Classics
-Five difficulty stages and twenty ranks of success
Rack up high scores and achievements on your way to reciting over two dozen poems from heart, with recordings you can share and email to your friends. Each new poem you learn becomes an important part of you who are, and the Huffington Post describes Poems By Heart as “the best poetry app I’ve seen in a while.”
Poems By Heart uses brain-training techniques to make remembering poetry easy and fun – in a fast and responsive game. The National Endowment for the Arts calls the app “smart and beautifully designed, with a skillful blend of iconic poetry, memorization techniques, and great gaming.” Each poem features two new and exclusive dramatic readings, and all-new original art. Kirkus calls Poems By Heart “a sophisticated, wildly addictive tool for avowed poetry lovers.” MacLife recommends Poems By Heart as “a great tool” with a “terrific, animated interface.”
Apple has featured Poems By Heart in New & Noteworthy, in the Books and Education categories, and named it one of Apple's "App Store Best of 2013."
What's New in Version 2.0
This update to Poems By Heart includes:
- 2 new free poems, including "Eldorado" by Edgar Allan Poe
- A new "Holiday" pack of poems, including "The Night Before Christmas"
- Upcoming, monthly releases of new packs of poems
- The ability to buy volumes 1 and 2 at reduced prices
- An improved look and feel, updated for iOS 7
So simple, so satisfying
I am surprised how much fun it is to learn poems this way. I think it is a great ideal, brilliantly executed. Each poem has five grades of difficulty and by the time you complete the fifth stage, hey presto, you know the poem. This is consolidated by reciting it. There is a limited choice of poems but you can buy more. It would be great if it included all the GCSE poems as I find when I know the poem by heart I automatically seem to understand it in a way I can't just by reading it. But it doesn't. A development idea?
A Few Suggestions...
I love this app but feel that there are still things which can be improved.
Firstly, I think that there should be the option of a British voice. Secondly, I would like to request the addition of a 'sonnets' and a 'heartbreak' category and also the poem 'The Highwayman' by Alfred Noyes because that's just great.
I love this app. It's just a great thing to do to use up your spare time. Also, I've discovered some great poetry that I've never heard of before!
Can you get a British voice add-on?
Lovely idea beautifully executed but I thought I read somewhere that there was an in-app purchase for British voices but I can't find it anywhere in the app and think I must have been mistaken- so, as there wasn't a way to directly contact the app support (only social media) I'd like to request if the app developers are reading that there be such a feature, I'd really appreciate it, it would make it a lot better for me.
Oh and pleeeease put Tennyson's Lady of Shallot on!
- Category: Education
- Updated: 12 December 2013
- Version: 2.0
- Size: 38.1 MB
- Language: English
- Developer: Pearson PLC
- © 2013, Penguin Group (USA)
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimised for iPhone 5.
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