Poems By Heart from Penguin Classics

Price: iPhone/iPad - Free

Teacher Overview

Poems By Heart from Penguin Classics is an iPhone and iPad app that combines great poetry, memory skills, and gaming into one beautiful app. In this game, you must memorize classic poems in stages and ultimately learn them in their entirety. Poems By Heart includes classics by Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, and more. Poems by Heart from Penguin Classics teaches users how to memorize the poetry of dozens of poets using a game delivery.

Teacher Review

Users after selecting the app are asked to fill in the key words needed to complete the poem. To frame the sentence, a line of poetry is shown to users, and they have to decide which words from a bank of options best complete the line.
Users are given immediate feedback indicating whether their responses were correct, and Poems by Heart gives users an overall score based on their accuracy after they respond to all the blanks. Plus, users can repeat the poem as many times as desired, which allows them to memorize the poem until it is, indeed, known by heart.  It was a fun activity for the students who enjoy reading out loud and recording themselves. Users earn points and achievements reciting poems from heart, with recordings they can share online and email to friends. Each poem is ranked on difficulty level and stored in the user’s poem library.

Inside the app

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From the Developer

The Huffington Post calls Poems By Heart "the best poetry app I've seen in a while” with "impressive artwork, smart design and solid voice recordings."

The National Endowment of the Arts calls the app “smart and beautifully designed, with a skillful blend of iconic poetry, memorization techniques, and great gaming.”

Kirkus calls it “a sophisticated, wildly addictive tool for avowed poetry lovers.”

MacLife says it has a “terrific, animated interface” and is “a great tool.”

Confront a haunting, ominous raven, discover the ruins of an ancient, forgotten kingdom, and learn the secrets of true love.

Poems By Heart from Penguin Classics is a memorization game that will challenge you with classic poems from master wordsmiths including Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, and more. You’ll rack up high scores and achievements on your way to reciting 24 poems from heart, with recordings you can share online and email to your friends.

Poems By Heart uses brain-training techniques to make remembering poetry easy and fun—in a fast and responsive game. Each poem features two new and exclusive dramatic readings, and all-new original art. The works of John Keats, Walt Whitman, Lewis Carroll, and fifteen other iconic poets are featured in verses of adventure, romance, and horror, all carefully selected and edited by the experts at Penguin Classics.

- Two poems are included free.
- Seven packs of poems are available now in the poetry store.
- There are five different stages and twenty ranks of success.

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