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 2.20130509
Updated for iPhone 5.
Wonderful! Here are some suggestions
I love this app, and am finding I use it all the time, on the subway, before bed, at lunch, etc.
A few comments: A number of well known poets are not represented, including Anne Sexton, Dylan Thomas, Rumi, Nikki Giovanni, and Maya Angelou. These poets would be essentials in any poetry anthology. The upside to this is there are lots and lots of young emerging poets whom I haven't heard of, and many are quite good.
I can't seem to figure out how to share my favorite poems on twitter. This could be something the app could improve on, or maybe someone needs to show me. I've gone into my iPhone settings many times and surfed the web to find an answer.
Good, But Could Be Even Better
A great start, with a clever interface and lots of poems both classic and new. However, I still haven't figured out why some poems have a little speaker icon which seems like it should play an audio of the poem, but does nothing. Also, it would be nice to be able to download poems from their web site directly into the app.
Sadly, apparently no longer being updated, and audio still doesn't play. Appears to be abandoned, as the app support link leads only to a promo page.
Excellent poems you can share
One of the joys of finding a poem that you love is being able to share it with friends. Usually you can't legally due to copyright restrictions. This app has a great many poems that you access via a neat UI (you hit the spin button and a new selection of poems pops up), and when you find one that speaks to you, you can share it on Facebook with your friends. My only complaint is that after you have used a lot the poems start to repeat some. Please Poetry Magazine, add more content!