Celebrate Shakespeare’s 400th with Words in Air. We take you to the place that sparked his early sonnets, and most probably his later 'Dark Lady' sonnets, too -- Titchfield Palace, Hampshire. Find out why. Then visit his birthplace, Stratford-on-Avon, where he'd returned to live by 1609, when all the sonnets were published. We include seven of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets to remind you of the sheer pleasure that a mere 14 lines can bring!
Discover Words in Air, the unique mApp of inspiration. We pinpoint places across the British Isles which sparked the imagination of talented poets, from Patience Agbabi to Tamar Yoseloff; Blake to Keats to Wordsworth; from our gifted Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, to the classic ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’s’ W.B. Yeats.
Experience each poem more deeply by putting yourself in the poet’s ‘place’, virtually, or for real. Simply tap 'Nearest Poem' to discover the poem closest to you. Not in the British Isles? Tap 'Surprise Me'. We’ll take you somewhere new! Perhaps Suffolk, with Alan Jenkins? Norfolk, with George Szirtes? Housel Bay, Cornwall, with Penelope Shuttle? Whether you’re going for a walk, on holiday, or an avid armchair traveller, you can access every poem, anytime, from anywhere. Over a thousand people in fifty-six countries are exploring the richness of our literary landscape.
Enjoy over 100 contemporary and classic poems in Words in Air – an expanding anthology of award-winning work and fresh talent. Our 'About the Poet' feature helps to illuminate the poems. A website of the poet’s choice takes you further into his or her world.
Poets find inspiration everywhere, from intensely urban to utterly rural surroundings. Some of the places might surprise you! ‘Hymn to a Photo Booth’ by Michael Symmons Roberts is a wonderful example.
Spend a stimulating afternoon at Oxford in the 'plum deep dusk' as Professor Jay Parini, American poet, novelist, and biographer of Robert Frost, questions thinker and philosopher Sir Isaiah Berlin. He plucked a fragment by the 700 BC Greek poet Archilochus and made it the subject of 'The Fox and the Hedgehog', his famous essay: 'The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing'.
Which one are you? Not sure? Then clear your head and go north 'to the saw-toothed crags where thistle burns'. Witness, with Jay Parini, in his exhilarating poem, 'Near Pitlochry', a moment of revelation.
Wherever you live, we hope Words in Air encourages you to explore, through the lens of great poetry, your own familiar landscape, as well as areas of our country entirely new to you.
This update fixes the nasty bug that accidentally removed poems by Griffin Prize short-listed Don Paterson (congratulations!) and also corrects a few typos. Enjoy!
Ratings and Reviews
A brilliant idea. Let this lovely app know where you are and it will show you a poem written in, or inspired by, a place nearby. The poems have been chosen with exquisite taste. Places and verses can be browsed with ease - a much more rewarding way to pass five minutes than yet another game of solitaire...
I chose the paid version for the upgrades - more places and poems. Can't wait!
I love it
A great poem can say so much more about a place than any travel guide or Wikipedia entry, and this app is a neat way to pass the time whether you're passing through those locations or just wishing yourself away from wherever you may be.
The reality of a place, poetically
Check out Robin Robertson in the Hebrides - an amazing verbal feast that makes you feel giddy, literally. Or Wordsworth in London... This is a great idea, for anyone with a love of place or travel, let alone a love of poetry. Simple and elegant in its design and function. Highly recommended.
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