As I mentioned Viking/Penguin is under the impression that I have an influential blog and besides sending me lots of new books to review they also sent me this news via e-mail.
If there's anyone out there who would rather show off their poetry memorization skills than play Angry Birds, etc. this might be of interest. (For some reason I can still recite most of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot who was born in Missouri and also wrote The Wasteland (not to be confused with Newton Minow's comment about television that described it as a "vast wasteland." Also the 'Quality of Mercy' speech from The Merchant of Venice. Go figure. I know my readers are far more selective and also erudite (I'm going to look this word up right now.) It means learned and scholarly. So here's all the information.
I’m very happy to share that the newest free app from Penguin, Poems By Heart from Penguin Classics, is available today for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Five levels of difficulty, 23 achievements, and 20 ranks of mastery make memorizing “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” easy, quick, and fun, and shareable with friends.
The app also comes with a free William Blake poem, and 22 more classic poems are available for purchase from authors including Dickinson, Keats, Poe, Shakespeare, Shelley, Tennyson, and Whitman.
You can watch a video about the app here which you are welcome to post and the landing page for the app on the Penguin website is here.
I do hope you’ll download the app! Let me know if you have any questions and Happy National Poetry Month!
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