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Poems by Heart


The last poetry app we featured was the less than academic ‘Shatoetry’, which allowed you to compose verse using samples of William Shatner’s voice.

Penguin’s Poems by Heart is a somewhat more practical application, designed to help you memorise classic poems so that you can recite them at a moment’s notice. You know those showy, self-satisfied people who can smugly drop a line of Shakespeare or Shelley into conversation at the drop of a hat? That could be YOU.

The app works by asking you to fill in different blanks in each poem, with the difficulty becoming more severe with every reading. It comes complete with some free Blake and Shakespeare, with further packages of poems (including works from Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson and Edgar Allen Poe) available to purchase thereafter. Quoth the raven: 99p per bundle…

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