April is National Poetry Month and individuals, schools, booksellers, publishers, and other groups will celebrate the art form and how it has impacted our culture through the ages. Whether you are a beginner poet or an old hand, your iPad might be one of the best tools you've ever used for creating poetry. Check out our list of the best iPad apps for poets, and get writing!
The best iPad apps for poets
6 May 2017, by Cherry Mae Torrevillas
WordPalette will help you beat down writer's block and never be bothered by it ever again. It offers four sliding lanes of intelligently scrambled text (five in landscape mode, six on the iPad Pro) that helps you gather a collection of words that stir some feeling in you. Just import your favorite text sources and convert them into your Palettes. Mix and match your Palettes and go! You can use random words from your slider lanes or use just the word sliders for inspiration.
- Get rid of writer's block forever
- Sliding lanes of intelligently scrambled text
- Gather words that spark inspiration
- Sprinkle in your own words or use just words from your sliders
- Free iPad app for poets
Poetics combines photographic imagery with moveable text to create visual poetry. Take a photo and write what you feel. This can be a paragraph, a line, or just one word. If you prefer, write the text first and choose the image later. When you're done writing your text, a tap of the screen makes the words interact and collide, and let you change the scale or position. You can share your work on Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, or other platforms. Your creations are always editable and you can share them using text, Airdrop, or email. You can also speak your words into the app.
- Clean, minimalist look
- Create poetry for an image
- Let the words fall naturally onto the photo
- Position words and sentences in any direction
- Always editable
This app is designed to help you memorize these classic poems, in a fun way, so that you can enjoy them at a deeper level. There are 37 poems available, but only 4 are free. Some of the most recognized poets are available in this app like W.B. Yeats, Rossetti, Walt Whitman and a love sonnet by Shakespeare. There are five levels of difficulty, twenty ranks of success, high scores, achievements and more. Compete against your friends and fellow poets to see who can memorize these the fastest.
- A fun way to memorize and learn classic poems
- Notable poets like Whitman and Yeats
- Works by Shakespeare and Poe included
- 5 levels of difficulty, High Scores, Earn Achievements
- In-app purchases for additional poems
HaikuJAM gives you a social poetry experience when you connect with three other people anywhere in the world and write poetry together. Either collaborate with friends or choose random JAMMERS from anywhere else. Tap the JAM button, choose a photo or write a line, and let others finish your work. Create a Circle and write poetry with your friends. Follow your fave Circles of artists and writers, take part in Creative Competitions, and win amazing prizes. You can leave positive comments, share your favorite pieces, and earn Karma points. As you get more Karma, you go up in standing in the community and even unlock prizes and privileges.
- Social poetry experience
- Write poetry with others
- Collaborate with your friends or choose random people
- Create and follow Circles
- Free iPad app for poets
Power Thesaurus was developed by PowerThesaurus.org, an online thesaurus. You'll have 10 million synonyms and antonyms at your fingertips for any time you need a word. The app is free from ads, fast, easy to use, and uses real-time data. You can filter antonyms and synonyms by topics or parts of speech, rate suggested words, and more. You can sort alphabetically or by length, rating, or number of syllables. Start typing in a search word and the app will auto-correct and make suggestions. This app might not be the most cutting-edge when it comes to appearance, but what it does, it does well.
- Developed by PowerThesaurus.org
- 10 million synonyms and antonyms
- Free from ads
- Fast and easy to use
- Free app for poets
FictionPress is a huge community for fiction, short story, and poetry writers and readers so they can get together and share what they love. There are more than a million readers and writers and the app holds over 1.2 million original works uploaded by its users. You can search thousands of stories, search through authors, sort search results, and view in portrait or landscape view. The app keeps track of where you are in each story and chapter, and you can share short stories with friends on Facebook. You can change the fonts or sizes of the stories and poems you're reading, display local stories by author, category, or host, and you can read offline.
- Huge community for readers and writers
- Read and write poetry, short stories, and fiction
- Over 1.2 million original works
- Search authors and titles
- Free with in-app purchases
PoemBrew is a place for you to write and share poems where your followers from anywhere in the world can see and enjoy them. The app offers the option to instantly share to Twitter and Facebook as well. You can comment on and like poems by other authors, and see who has read yours. If they choose, you can see who has read your poems, too. If you need an audience, this is a great platform for you to share your work and see what people think. This is a great way to gauge other people's reactions to your work, or to get inspiration from others.
- Write and share poems
- Instantly share with Twitter and Facebook
- Have followers from all over the world
- Like and comment on other people's work
- Free app for poets
Prose is a community of readers and writers who love to consume and create literature. After you download the app, create a profile, publish your work, read the work of others, and get involved. Your words will always remain yours and are never censored. Writers will always own 100 percent of the copyright for their original content. You can browse your feed, see who is following you, check in on those you follow, and more. There are several different categories you can write in or read: Philosophy, Poetry and Free Verse, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Stream of Consciousness, and more.
- Community of readers and writers
- Create your profile
- Follow others
- Always retain 100 percent copyright for your work
- Free iPad app for poets and readers of poetry
Need some help writing? Creative Writer allows you to recycle text from movies, books, song lyrics, and more, and combine them into something that is beautiful and 100 percent yours. It's fun and easy to use. You don't have to type a word: just tap on the stream of suggested words, picking words until the sentences come out. You can easily switch among genres (Poetry, Prose, Classics, Dialogues, Lyrics, You & Me, Cooking, Quotations, and Romance). Compose songs, write short stories, write poems, and more. Don't suffer through writer's block ever again! The Dictionary Keyboard was developed for brainstorming and puts examples, definitions, rhymes, antonyms, synonyms, and more at your fingertips.
- No Internet connection needed
- Get help with text from books, songs, movies, and more
- Tap on the stream of suggested words
- Switch among genres
- Free with in-app purchases
Creative Writing Prompts gives you help when you get stuck and need inspiration. You can get over 1,000 starting lines and prompts to give you need it, and will also give you ideas to help you improve your creative writing skills. This app is great for professionals, students, and amateur writers. The font size is adjustable, it offers autosave, you can share by Twitter, Facebook, or email, or export to Day One or Evernote. The app keeps stats on your most active time of the day for writing, or even which days you write the most. It also syncs automatically with Dropbox to save your latest creations. Creative Writing Prompts is part of the Apple Education program so that teachers and schools will get a discount when they buy it.
- Get prompts to get you writing when you're stuck
- Over 1,000 unique creative prompts and starting lines
- Write in landscape or portrait view
- Set daily writing stats
- Part of the Apple Education Program