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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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Emily Dickinson: Selected Poems book

Emily Dickinson: Selected Poems

Emily Dickinson

A beautifully presented collection that celebrates the radical style of a visionary American poet. This edition follows the 1955 text prepared by Thomas H. Johnson, which presents the poems as Dickinson intended.

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Twelfth Night book

Twelfth Night

William Shakespeare

This large-format gift edition of one of Shakespeare’s best-loved romantic comedies features an exquisite new frontispiece by the Balbusso twins.

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Beowulf book

Beowulf

The classic Old English epic is presented here with a side-by-side translation by Seamus Heaney.

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Dylan Thomas: Selected Poems book

Dylan Thomas: Selected Poems

Dylan Thomas

This edition, published to mark the centenary of Dylan Thomas’s birth, includes poems from all five of his collected works, as well as the unfinished, ‘Elegy’.

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The Epic of Gilgamesh book

The Epic of Gilgamesh

The world’s earliest known work of narrative poetry is one of the most powerful epics ever written

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A Folio Anthology of Poetry book

A Folio Anthology of Poetry

Introduced by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, this anthology is a celebration of poetry and the passion it inspires. It gathers together more than 300 of our favourite poems, spanning over 400 years.

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Frost Selected Poems book

Frost Selected Poems

Robert Frost

At the age of 86, Robert Frost read his poem ‘The Gift Outright’ at the inauguration of John F. Kennedy. In turn, the new president paid tribute to Frost: ‘He has bequeathed his nation a body of imperishable verse from which Americans will forever gain joy and understanding’.

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Goblin Market and Selected Poems book

Goblin Market and Selected Poems

Christina Rossetti

An extended poem about two young sisters who hear goblin merchants hawking their wares. Lizzie urges caution but Laura eats the forbidden fruit and falls into a frenzy, from which her sister must save her.

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John Keats: Selected Poems book

John Keats: Selected Poems

John Keats

Edited by John Barnard

A former Poet Laureate pays tribute to Keats’s tremendous powers of expression as he introduces this collection of impassioned poems. Reissued in a new format.

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Lord Byron: Selected Poems book

Lord Byron: Selected Poems

Lord Byron

A selection of sublime poems, with engravings by Simon Brett. Introduced by Jonathan Bate.

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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 Vision of Piers the Plowman book

The Vision of Piers the Plowman

William Langland

One of the greatest medieval allegories. Includes a wonderful facing-page translation which sets the poem’s original beauty alongside an elegant modern reading edition.

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The Renaissance: Studies in Art and Poetry book

The Renaissance: Studies in Art and Poetry

Walter Pater

This seminal book was an influence on Oscar Wilde and other aesthetes. Introduced by Michael Prodger, with paintings by Botticelli and Michelangelo.

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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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Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám book

Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám

Edward FitzGerald

A sensation of the Victorian age, Fitzgerald's translation of Omar Khayyám's lush and rich poetry is brought beautifully to life with exquisite illustrations by Niroot Puttapipat.

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