I’m a closet poetry fan. It all started in my high school English Literature class after reading John Keats’ “The Eve of St. Agnes.”* A few weeks ago, I discovered a truly fantastic app called The Love Book App that has been a real throwback to high school and all the times I would read Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Kubla Khan” and giggle for ten minutes straight.
The Love Book App is an interactive literary anthology where you can read over 200 recent and classic poems, quotes, and selections of prose. Through the app, you can find new poems by browsing by theme, author, or performing a few different search options (all of these features would be very handy for English students). You can also listen to many of the poems being narrated by classy British actors with lovely voices, including Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Hiddleston, Gina Bellman, Damian Lewis, and Helen McCrory. You can also record your own versions of the poems and send them to your friends (I have not inflicted this on anyone just yet, however). The app design is intuitive and the graphics by Kate Moross are cool, colourful, and fun. Perhaps best of all, 10 percent of all sales go to the awesome charity Save the Children. Clearly, I’m in love with this app. It is available on iTunes and Google Play.
In case you were wondering, my favourite poem I have discovered via the Love Book App is the very funny and sick “Life Story” by Tennessee Williams. Below is a sample of Tom Hiddleston reading Shakespeare for the app (Hmmm, I wonder how much would I have to pay Mr. Hiddleston to read “Kubla Khan”? Sadly it is missing from the app).
*Fun Fact: Single ladies, St. Agnes Eve is on January 20th. According to Scottish legend, if you perform a few superstitious rituals, such as going to bed without any supper, your future husband may just visit you in your dreams!