21 Top Poetry Writing Apps
As a writer, there are a lot of reasons to embrace the digital age.
In fact, right now is probably one of the best times in history to be a writer because there are so many platforms and resources available at the touch of your fingertips thanks to technology.
Even poets can find are variety of sources available to them unlike ever before.
Where once you may have had to attend poetry classes and workshops, read text book after text book and attend lecture after lecture to master the art of writing poetry, now you can find all of the information you need on your phone or tablet.
Thanks to the mobile app revolution, poets can find so many resources that not only provide info on poetry, but also make the writing process easier.
To simplify your search for the best apps, we’ve compiled a list of the top 21 poetry writing apps for any poet.
Created by Tiny Mobile Inc., Poetry Creator Verses allows you to create your own poems using a variety of dictionaries. Designed to look like word magnets, the app is great for poets who love to explore and play with words. You can even then share your masterpiece on Facebook or via email. The app is free and works on iPhone or iPad. However, you can also upgrade to premium to get access to eight more dictionaries that include a Hip-Hop dictionary and a Beatnik dictionary.
If you’re not familiar with the Poetry Foundation, now is the time to get familiar. The Poetry Foundation has been shining the light on poetry and incredible poets since 2003. The magazine, which actually began in 1912, was one of the first publications to publish the works of poets like Carl Sandburg, Wallace Stevens, and T.S. Elliot. Now, the Poetry app gives you access to those poems and much more on IOS and Android. The app is completely free and allows you to read poems and share them on social media, or shake your phone to discover a new poem.
3. Poet’s Pad
Made for both Apple products and Android, this is a one of the few poetry apps that’s really worth a little bit of cash investment. Why? Well, the app comes with multiple features that can be especially beneficial to a poet on the go, such as an idea generator that actually generates words based on your mood and an audio recorder that allows you to practice reading your poems or jot down ideas when you don’t have a pen handy. Created by Paragoni, LLC, the app ranges in price from $1.99 to $9.99 depending on the device.
4. Poetry Daily
While being well versed in the poetry of Shakespeare and even Chaucer has its benefits, every poet writing in the modern era needs to be extremely familiar with the trends and rules of contemporary poetry. That’s where the iPhone app, Poetry Daily, can come in. Every day this app delivers one modern poem to your phone for you to enjoy. The great thing about this free app is that the poems come from new books and the most recent periodicals, so if you like what you read, you can always track down the book or poet later on.
This $1.99 app by ImageChef Inc., is the perfect app for poets that love to dabble in concrete or shape poetry. The great thing about this app is that you don’t have to be an artist to use it. You can draw your shape, or you can just select for a variety of premade shapes. Then you simply type your poem up and watch it get rearranged into the shape of your choice. You can even change the font and color to fit your subject. The app is available to all IOS users.
6. Haiku Poem
Haiku Poem by International Reading Association allows poets to not only read haikus, but also teaches them how to write a Haiku. One of the great things about this free app is that it has a “syllable count” feature, which is especially useful for those who are new to the world of the Haiku. Additionally, users can save their work and return to it later. The app is compatible with iPad.
Poems aren’t like novels or short stories. Unlike its lengthier counterparts, poetry is meant to be read aloud, and usually sounds better. That can sound like an intimidating task at first, however, if you’ve never seen it done before. With Poetry Everywhere, created by WGBH, you have access to a variety of clips of pro poets reading their work. The app is free and is best used with iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Rhyming in your poetry may not be something you do often, however, if you’re ever in need of a rhyme, this is one of the best rhyming dictionaries available on the app market. Although it’s about $3, you definitely won’t regret investing in this app, with almost 100,000 rhyming words. Created by Datamuse Corporation, this app is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
This is a great app for the modern poet, because it brings the workshop to you. Using PortaPoet, compatible with IOS, you can count syllables, rhyme, and even publish your poems. But one of the best features of this $1.99 app is that you can actually rate poems or “rap battles” and challenge others to a competition as well.
If you’re the kind of writer that’s always on the go and don’t have a lot of space for your computer or notebook, Writer is a great tool. The free app, created by James McMinn, enables poets, and all writers, to jot down their work quickly and easily. The app is compatible with Android devices.
11. Poet’s Corner
For those Android users that don’t have time to attend a live workshop, Poet’s Corner is one of the best apps for sharing your work. Created by Wild Notion Labs, the free app provides a forum for poets to write their poems, share their work and read work written by others.
12. Famous Poetry
If you’re a big fan of the works some of the classic poets, then Famous Poetry for Android is a good archive. Created by Ten Doves Charity, the app features a variety of work by some of the world’s famous poets, such as Lord Byron, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and Robert Frost. This is an especially great app if you want to immerse yourself in some quality poetry without dropping hundred of dollars on a textbook. And the best part? It’s totally free.
13. Pocket Poet
If you’re looking for an Android app that’s similar to PortaPoet, then you can’t go wrong with Pocket Poet. Even better, this app is completely free. You can use this app to find the perfect word based on rhyme, syllables, and even stresses. The filters are exact and make it easy to find the right word for any kind of poem. You can also use this Blue Durian Studios app to search for synonyms. Even if you’re not a poet, this is still a great app to use if you’re looking for a strong thesaurus or rhyming dictionary.
JotterPad is another one of those incredible Android apps that makes writing your poems a smooth process. Developed by Two App Studio Pte. Ltd., the app is a text editor that works similar to a word processor, without all the fuss of a word processor. You simply type your text and save. It’s that simple! But what makes JotterPad a great selection for poetry is that it features themes and even several different type phases, so you can play with the way your poem looks. The free app also comes with a built in dictionary and can even transform your final product into shareable PDFs. You can even upload your work to any cloud system you use, so you an access your work from anywhere.
If you’re very new to poetry and simply want more information about it, or if you’re looking to experiment with different styles, this app can be very informative. Think of this app as your dictionary for poetic terminology. It’s a glossary that covers a wide variety of poetic forms, historical movements and even poetic tools like accentual verse. The 99-cent app works for all Android users.
One of the most inconvenient things about being a poet is that all the right verses can come to you at all the wrong times. If you’ve ever been on a crowded city bus and had inspiration strike, you know what I’m talking about. AudioNote was made to address that problem. Developed by Luminant Software, Inc., the $10 app allows you to not only record yourself, but also allows you to add notes to the recording later on. This way you can voice record any ideas you might have for poems and then go back at a more convenient time to develop them. But the best part of this app is that you can also use it to both record and take notes. Made for iPhone and iPad, the app then synchronizes your voice recording with the notes you’ve taken. When you play back the recording, you can actually click on your notes to jump to the section you’re looking for.
Are you part poet part photographer? There’s an app for you! It’s called Poetics. Made for Apple users, Poetics allows you to snap a photo and then write whatever you’d like over it. This is an especially useful feature for poets that like to explore a particular subject, or theme in their poems. The nice thing about this app is that it gives you ownership. You can resize text, rotate the image, and scale. Even better, the app saves as you go and you can also share your finished product on social media. Created by Soulincode Inc., the $1.99 app even allows you to speak into it and turns those words into text, so you can write wherever you happen to be.
18. Instant Poetry!
If you’re the kind of poet that loves word play and likes to read the work of others, then this is a good app to depend on if you’re looking for some genuine feedback, or just want a fun way to practice your art. The app is free and works with all Android devices. One of the best things about this app, created by Ink Lily Studios, however, is the search based on category. You can also share poems with other members of the Instant Poetry community. When posting, keep in mind that the poems have to be relatively short for the system to accept them, however.
19. Be a Poet
This app, created by S. Whitney Powell, is somewhat off the beaten path when it comes to popular poetry apps. However, there are a lot of reasons to like using this free app, whether you’re a poetry beginner or a well-versed writer. The great thing about the Be a Poet app is that it’s structured very much like a game, which makes brainstorming and even word play just fun. Created a masterpiece you’d like to keep? You can transform your poem into an image you can then share with anyone. You can also purchase other language packs that enable you to learn a new language and write poetry in that language.
Poetizer is like a GoFundMe for poets that just so happen to be Android users. Have a masterwork you’re dying to share with everyone and curious to see how it would fair in a real publisher’s market? Poetizer is the perfect place to test the waters. Developed by the European Leadership & Academic Institute, the app is a forum for poets to write poetry and share their poem with friends. But what’s really unique about Poetizer is that it features a crowd-funding capacity that actually allows people to donate money to support your writing.
21. Ap LyricPad
This is an app specifically designed for poets that also happen to be more musically inclined. The neat thing about this Android app is that it allows you to record music or melodies that you create on your phone. Have a cool beat for a rap song floating around in your head? Use this free app designed by Eli Brown to record it.
With all of these amazing tools out there that allow you to not only learn the craft of poetry, but also excel at it, there’s really no excuse to delay your dreams of writing poetry any longer. If you’re crazy about poetry, download the apps, take the time to write and share with other people. You never know, someone might just end up loving the words you put on the page.
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