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.
- Access basic information about the application by tapping the question mark icon located on the tool bar at the bottom of the home page
- Tap the Pegasus icon on the bottom-left side of the toolbar to return to the home page
- 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
- Tap the Find Poetry button on the toolbar at the bottom of the page to search for a particular poem or poet
- Save selected poems by tapping the Favorites button on the toolbar
- Issues of POETRY magazine can be accessed by tapping the magazine button on the toolbar
- 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
- Poems can be shared on Twitter, Facebook, or by e-mail
As promised, the application provides access to hundreds of poets and poems.
Easy access, by poet, theme, or first line
The spin feature introduces an interesting variable. Take a spin. Who knows what you'll find.
Some poems may be inappropriate your younger readers.
How techie do I need to be?
- 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
- 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