Poetry Mobile App

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The Poetry Mobile App from the Poetry Foundation will help you explore poetry on your smart phones and tablets. The app is free on both iTunes and Google Play.

You can browse by mood, subject, poet or audio. This last one means that some (quite a lot, actually) of the poems are read aloud. Most have a short introduction by the author or reader first. If you shake your phone, the app will turn into a kind of roulette wheel and stop on a random pair of moods: Humor & Work and Play, for example, or Gratitude and Commitment, with a collection of poems underneath. Clicking the “spin” button will do the same.

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One comment: When I listened to T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” — a favorite poem I learned in high school — it was read in Spanish! I didn’t see a different English version, and the poem is originally in English, so that was something of a mystery.

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