How I Use It
Upon opening the app, you are prompted to spin, which may, for example, bring up 24 poems on Humor and Youth. Click on one to read it, and in some instances, hear it read. There is an option to see all poems by that poet if desired.
The find poetry tab allows you to browse by mood, subject, poet, or audio versions.
Browsing by subject can be too broad if you have a specific topic in mind since clicking on the subject of nature gives you 871 poems. You cannot search by something like “the sea.” If you don’t mind browsing by title, it’s a good start. Browsing by mood has similar results: “Joy” has 330 options. Browsing by poet is an excellent option for seeing all the works the app has by that poet, and a speaker icon tells you which ones are audio.
So far, I use this as a resource for planning my lessons, particularly to offer students opportunities to write about paired texts of different genres. For example, if the subject of a piece of literature is family, I will find a poem with the same subject. The writing prompt will ask students to compare and contrast the two authors’ treatments of the subject of family. The same can be done for mood. Or, you can find a poem with a particular mood to match a visual scene. An upcoming project I am developing will have students create a presentation that will have them analyzing the mood of a piece of artwork and a poem with a similar mood. This app would be one way for them to search for a poem that has the mood they are looking for.