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POETRY from The Poetry Foundation

By The Poetry Foundation

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


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.


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Customer Reviews

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 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.

This app is great

All my life, I had to make the choice between reading poetry and being on the go. Now, I don't have to make that choice! Poetry from Poetry Foundation is the app of the Gods! I would rate it 5 stars, but it doesn't let me write my own poetry. I still am forced to make the choice between writing and walking. Someday...

POETRY from The Poetry Foundation
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.20160915
  • Size: 22.2 MB
  • Language: English
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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

Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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