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From the shortest Haiku to ancient epics, from love sonnets to Greek tragedy - the Folio Society publishes a classic selection of beautiful poetry and drama books. Encompassing some of the most influential and powerful works ever composed each book features original illustrations and makes the perfect gift for any poetry or theatre lover. See below for the full list of Folio Poetry and Drama books.

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The Oxford Shakespeare: Pericles book

The Oxford Shakespeare: Pericles

Edited by Roger Warren

One of Shakespeare's most confounding plays. Co-written with George Wilkins, its tragic story is lightened by a dynamic cast of characters and their risqué dialogue.

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The Oxford Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet book

The Oxford Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

Edited by Jill L. Levenson

In one of his most iconic plays, Shakespeare perfectly captures the mixture of idealism and passion in youth, from Tybalt’s fury to Romeo’s protestations of eternal love for Juliet.

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The Oxford Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew book

The Oxford Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew

Edited by H. J. Oliver

Entertaining and thought-provoking, this influential tale of a fiery tempered woman and her suitor reflects the struggle for power within every couple.

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The Oxford Shakespeare: The Tempest book

The Oxford Shakespeare: The Tempest

Edited by Stephen Orgel

Complex, personal and unsurpassably lyrical: rediscover one of Shakespeare's most finely nuanced plays.

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The Oxford Shakespeare: Timon of Athens book

The Oxford Shakespeare: Timon of Athens

Edited by John Jowett

In this sardonic study that pushes against the boundaries of comedy, the affluent and flamboyant Athenian Timon faces a tragedy as he changes from generous optimist to bitter misanthrope.

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The Oxford Shakespeare: Titus Andronicus book

The Oxford Shakespeare: Titus Andronicus

Edited by Eugene M. Waith

Shakespeare's first foray into the revenge tragedy. Its horrors are notorious, but its powerful poetry of grief is the work of a true tragic poet.

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The Oxford Shakespeare: Troilus and Cressida book

The Oxford Shakespeare: Troilus and Cressida

Edited by Kenneth Muir

Renowned author Joyce Carol Oates famously called Troilus and Cressida ‘that most vexing and ambiguous of Shakespeare’s plays’.

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The Oxford Shakespeare: Twelfth Night book

The Oxford Shakespeare: Twelfth Night

Edited by Roger Warren and Stanley Wells

A comic masterpiece featuring a lovesick nobleman, a maiden in disguise and an extraordinary love triangle. No one in this play is truly insane, but accusations of madness abound as the confusion unfolds.

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Paradise Lost book

Paradise Lost

John Milton

This fine edition unites John Milton’s greatest poem with 24 mezzotints by John Martin, together with a separate commentary volume by Alastair Fowler.

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The Oxford Shakespeare: Richard III book

The Oxford Shakespeare: Richard III

Edited by John Jowett

In Shakespeare's most contested play a scheming despot usurps his brother's throne, murders his nephews and tyrannises England.

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Robert Burns: Selected Poems & Songs book

Robert Burns: Selected Poems & Songs

Robert Burns

A rousing selection of the beloved poet’s works, presented in a handsome binding that reflects Burns' abiding affection for the natural world.

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Selected Poems book

Selected Poems

Anna Akhmatova

This elegant edition pays homage to one of the most revered voices of Russian literature. Introduced by the celebrated novelist Eimear McBride and illustrated with evocative photographs, this selection covers the full scope of Akhmatova’s work, from her early poems to her later revolutionary pieces.

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Spring: A Folio Anthology book

Spring: A Folio Anthology

A unique collection of poetry and prose, beautifully bound and illustrated with newly commissioned artwork. Published in series with Winter: A Folio Anthology.

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The Oxford Shakespeare: The Winter's Tale book

The Oxford Shakespeare: The Winter's Tale

Edited by Stephen Orgel

One of Shakespeare’s most thought-provoking comedies, The Winter’s Tale tells the story of Leontes, who believes his pregnant queen is guilty of an adulterous affair with one of his best friends.

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Vita nuova book

Vita nuova

Dante Alighieri

Translated by Mark Musa

Exquisite illustrations accompany this captivating meditation on love, beauty and spiritual awakening.

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