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Poetry Foundation

  • Android, iPad, iPhone
  • Free
  • age 12+
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About Poetry Foundation

Poetry Foundation is a collection of famous and not-so-famous poems that readers can browse and explore. You can use the app to browse and analyze all works by a particular author, like Shakespeare’s sonnets or Thoreau’s verse. The app's structure suggests poetry is written for every mood and every subject -- indeed, so wide an array of emotions and subjects is represented here that it’s easy to get lost in spinning the subject and mood bars. Poetry Foundation is available on iPhone, iPod and iPad and also available for Android on Google Play and Amazon.

Teacher Review

Poetry from the Poetry Foundation offers thousands of poems for free. You can search the poems by spinning and matching the two-leveled spinning wheels. Each level has about 10 different categories. The top level has: Humor, Joy, Passion, Nostalgia, Optimism whereas the bottom level has: Nature, Spirituality, Celebration, Art and Science. Users can randomly match the two groups of categories and find poems about Humor and Celebration, Passion and Nature, or Optimism and Nature. If you don’t want to pick any category in particular, you can just let the app spin the wheels to pick one for you. 

If you prefer, you can read all the poems on their website too. You can also access to the Poetry magazine from the app, which is free. You do need Wifi or data connection to read the magazine. There are various poetry writing apps that makes writing your poems a smooth process.

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Android, iPad, iPhone




Cognitive Development
Communication Skills
Creative Development


In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - No


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From William Shakespeare to César Vallejo to Heather McHugh, the Poetry Foundation's app turns your Android device 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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