Monday, April 8, 2013

Fun With Poetry, Penguin Style

April is National Poetry Month and Penguin is celebrating with a new iOS app -- Poems By Heart. It's a free download with two poems already loaded onto it and you can buy more packs of 4 poems for 99 cents each. Z and I chose the Adventures and Gothic Tales packs, including poems by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Edward Lear, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, Lewis Carroll, Dante Alighieri and Alfred Tennyson.

First the app reads you the poem in a pleasant voice (you can choose male or female). Then you start the steps to memorizing the poem, concluding with recording a poem recitation. Each poem has a rank from EASY to VERY HARD based on, from what I can tell, vocabulary and length. Z and I have decided to be ambitious and try to memorize Jabberwocky (hard) and The Raven (very hard). These are two of our favorite poems ever but we've only ever memorized stanzas. This is going to be fun!

'Twas brillig and the slithy toves,
(Once upon a midnight dreary,

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