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The Poetry App

About The Poetry App

Poetry can be included in the 11+ exam in the Comprehension section or in the creative writing section. An exposure to a wide variety of poems and poets and an encouragement to create one’s own poetry can really help a child reach their potential both in the 11+ exam and in their English studies as a whole. 
The Poetry App is an ambitious attempt to open up the world of poetry to all. Lists of famous poems, poets and famous voices reading them are beautifully presented in app which invites you to climb into a hot air balloon and drift away inside the poems. 
There is also a place where children can create their own poems and store them alongside the works of Emily Dickinson or Auden. If you are short on ideas the ‘Inspire me’ button throws a list of thought provoking words onto the screen.

Teacher Review

This app does what it set out to do, it unites it’s users with the wide and exciting word of poetry in an engaging way. The graphics alone are enough to inspire children and adults alike to take a flight of fancy.
Before you use the app the handy tutorial takes you through the key features, but it is always easy to return to the main ‘room’ and get your bearings. 
The app is best used alongside your child as a minority of the poems do use rather adult language and have grown up subject matter. There are a wide range of poems available both by famous and lesser known poets. Children can be encouraged to read poems aloud, to explain what they feel about each poem and to add selected ones to their favourites. The font can be increased to make reading easier.
Some of the poems can be selected and read aloud by famous voices, adding to their rhythm and expression and providing a useful insight into how poetry sounds when performed.
In each section the search option allows children to look for poems on a particular topic providing inspiration from a wide range of sources. This inspiration can then be used to create poems and store them as little books inside the library. It is a great resource to use for all levels of education up to A level and beyond.
The app is supported by The Josephine Hart Foundation a charity set up to advance the arts, particularly poetry. It is a mine rich with beautiful poetry waiting to be discovered.
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Great poetry read aloud by great actors

‘Poetry, this trinity of sound, sense and sensibility, gives voice to experience in the way that no other art form can’ Josephine Hart

The Josephine Hart Poetry Foundation has developed a free app, allowing users to read their favourite poetry collections alongside performances and narrations by great actors.

The Poetry App was originally designed for the late author and poetry enthusiast, Josephine Hart. It is now being constantly updated to ensure that all the readings surrounding her infamous Poetry Hours will be available to view.

The Poetry App will draw you into a parallel universe of over one hundred poems from sixteen of the greatest poets of all time. The poetry is accompanied by video and audio narrations from over thirty world-class actors and performers.

The Poetry App was designed for students, teachers, poetry lovers and poetry novices – everyone should be given the chance to enjoy great poetry read aloud.

Read introductions and essays for each poet, beautifully written by Josephine Hart. Her knowledge of poetry and passion for verse makes this feature an ideal educational tool for anyone and everyone wanting to dive into the enchanting world of poetry.

Are you a poet? Do you fancy creating your own poetry? Write poems, save them into your very own library, and share your creations with your friends. If you get stuck along the way, The Poetry App can supply you with inspirational words from all your favourite poets.

‘Poetry, once it entered my mind, surfaced at times of need and became a lifeline’ Josephine Hart


W.H Auden, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Browning, Lord Byron, Emily Dickinson, T.S Eliot, Robert Frost, Rudyard Kipling, Philip Larkin, Robert Lowell, John Milton, Marianne Moore, Sylvia Plath, Christina Rossetti, Percy Bysshe Shelley, William Butler Yeats
Melvyn Bragg, Richard Eyre, David Hare, Frieda Hughes, Tom Stoppard, Alan Yentob, Peter Florence & Deborah Findlay


Eileen Atkins, Claire Bloom, Bono, Tom Burke, Nancy Carroll, Simon Callow, Alan Cox, Brian Cox, Kenneth Cranham, Sinead Cusack, Charles Dance, Hugh Dancy, Joanna David, Brian Dennehy, Lindsay Duncan, Rupert Evans, Ralph Fiennes, Deborah Findlay, Peter Florence, Edward Fox, Emilia Fox, Bob Geldof, Alexander Gilmour, Julian Glover, Grey Gowrie, Rupert Graves, Robert Hardy, Tom Hollander, Frieda Hughes, Jeremy Irons, Max Irons, Derek Jacobi, Felicity Jones, Felicity Kendal, Damien Lewis, Helen McCrory, Ian McDiarmid, Elizabeth McGovern, Roger Moore, John Mortimer, Harold Pinter, Rosamund Pike, Edna O’Brien, Charlotte Rampling, Kelly Reilly, Eddie Redmayne, Dan Stevens, Juliet Stevenson, Mark Strong, Harriet Walter, Dominic West, Samuel West, Greg Wise and Angus Wright.


  • Read poetry from sixteen of the greatest poets through the ages
  • Listen and watch powerful narrations, as over thirty world-class actors and performers read poetry aloud
  • Read in-depth introductions and essays by Josephine Hart on each poet and their poetry
  • Create your own poetry with the ability to record your own narration
  • Share everything through Email, Twitter and Facebook
  • The favourites library allows you to download audio and video for viewing without Internet connection. Download your favourite poems and take poetry with you anywhere
  • Not everything is what it seems – additional content has been hidden throughout the app. Click on objects to find the secret poetry
  • Extra iPad content includes WWI Poetry
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