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.

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What's New

Version 3.20171005

Bug fixes and support updates.

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
65 Ratings
65 Ratings

Enjoy the concept, however...

Angel of LOL

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.

Really like it but an annotation feature would be nice

No one 😜

This app has gotten me really into reading poetry recently. Unlike a book of poetry, which often requires a commitment to a specific poet, this app is great for people who are still finding out what they like, because it introduces you to a wide selection of different poems and then allows you to investigate a specific poet and their work if you're interested. Some of the poems seem to have editing issues, so that would be good to resolve, but overall I've had a good experience.

I want to make one suggestion, though: it would be amazing if you added an annotation feature so that users could add their own comments on a poem or jot down ideas they had about it.

Great at what it does...

App user 1955

...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.


The Poetry Foundation
20.5 MB
Requires iOS 9.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
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