An interactive poetry anthology. 270 poems to read, recite, record, email and enjoy. You can listen to Helena Bonham-Carter, Bill Nighy, Harry Enfield and Tom Hiddleston, search by theme or age group, record yourself, write and record your own poem, make favourites, and share by email. A subtle way of providing reading support. £2.99 with 10% to Save the Children.
Ever wonder what it would be like to mash-up a Shakespeare poem with a Hip Hop Song? Verses is a new iPhone and iPad app that puts a fresh spin on a cherished classic: refrigerator magnet poetry. We built this app to set your creativity ablaze with Verses's limitless word mixing possibilities that allow you to become a kind of dictionary DJ. After creating a poem out of your own personal mix of dictionaries, you can send your creation to friends via email.
Lustful gazing, unrequited yearning and passionate wooing – AS Byatt, Seamus Heaney, Hilary Mantel, Jeanette Winterson and many others pick the poems that stole their hearts. Plus Carol Ann Duffy writes a new poem for the occasion. Click on the images to read the poems
Teenagers will be encouraged to learn classic works by Byron, Blake, Coleridge, Shelley and Keats off by heart under new plans designed to improve understanding of poetry in schools, it was announced today.
Explore the world of haiku with this app from The Haiku Foundation. A collection of hundreds of beautiful poems from around the world, THF Haiku puts haiku at your fingertips so you can enjoy them anywhere. Search through the library by author, source, or content, or shake your phone for a random selection from the entire collection. As Jim Kacian, founder of The Haiku Foundation, says: "Live with these poems a little bit every day and you will find yourself entering a world of special noticing, heightened significance, and more natural relationships." Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
This website offers teachers and students an introduction to writing haiku poems, a chance to study the history and nature of haiku poetry and an introduction to the fundamental principles of creative writing. It is free and non-profit making. Teachers may download the lesson plans and photocopiable poem sheets and use them with their classes.
Writing haikus isn't difficult, as this online facility proves. Just click "new haiku " and one will be generated in seconds. As words are selected randomly, the resulting piece may not make much sense, but some are quite good. The results can be used by the children as a foundation to work upon and improve.