POETRY from The Poetry Foundation

From Seth Abramson to Fay Zwicky, from William Shakespeare and William Butler Yeats to Monica Youn and Al Young. If you’re looking for poems and/or poets, chances are this free resource, designed for your smart phone or tablet, has what you’re looking for—and it’s updated monthly.

7th - 12th English Language Arts 6 Views 1 Download
App Overview

Getting Started:

  1. Access basic information about the application by tapping the question mark icon located on the tool bar at the bottom of the home page
  2. Tap the Pegasus icon on the bottom-left side of the toolbar to return to the home page
  3. To search by mood and/or subject, swipe the two bands at the top of the home page or tap the Spin button on the upper-right corner
  4. Tap the Find Poetry button on the toolbar at the bottom of the page to search for a particular poem or poet
  5. Save selected poems by tapping the Favorites button on the toolbar
  6. Issues of POETRY magazine can be accessed by tapping the magazine button on the toolbar
  7. To share or to see a full-page version of a poem, select a poem, tap the box icon on the upper-right, and the text and a Share button will appear in full-screen mode
  8. Poems can be shared on Twitter, Facebook, or by e-mail
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Curator Rating
  • Adherence to task

    As promised, the application provides access to hundreds of poets and poems.

  • Worth the money

    Easy access, by poet, theme, or first line

  • Fun factor

    The spin feature introduces an interesting variable. Take a spin. Who knows what you'll find.

  • Scaffolding of learning
  • User safety

    Some poems may be inappropriate your younger readers.

  • Control and feedback
  • How techie do I need to be?
Instructional Ideas
  • As a teacher resource, the application can be used to select poems for a genre study, or to select poems that fit with the essential questions or themes of a unit 
  • Likewise, learners can locate poems for an author study or class projects
Classroom Considerations
  • Although the application contains a wealth of resources, some key poets (Dylan Thomas, Maya Angelou, for example) are not included
  • Browse by mood, subject, poet, or for those poems available on audio
  • Search by title, first line, or poet
  • Poems contained in the audio list also note all poems by the same poet contained in the app


  • Preview and compare the audio and print versions of the poems; not all use the same text (check out Gwendolyn Brooks' audio of her poem "We Real Cool" for an example)
  • Not recommended for those under 12 due to the mature themes and language of some of the poems
  • No directions are included; however, app use is intuitive and does not necessitate a tutorial