Poetry and Drama Books

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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Beowulf book


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

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The Bhagavad Gita book

The Bhagavad Gita

The Bhagavad Gita is the cornerstone of the Hindu faith and one of the world’s greatest religious texts. Gandhi called it his ‘spiritual dictionary’, while as a secular work it inspired Einstein, Yeats and Jung. Our edition uses Juan Mascaró’s acclaimed translation, with illustrations by Anna Bhushan.

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The Complete Greek Tragedies book

The Complete Greek Tragedies

This illustrated edition brings together all the surviving Greek tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, in the acclaimed University of Chicago translations, with newly commissioned prefaces.

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The Epic of Gilgamesh book

The Epic of Gilgamesh

The Epic of Gilgamesh is the world’s earliest known work of narrative poetry, dating from around 2000 BC. This edition, translated by Andrew George, Professor of Babylonian at the University of London, is the most complete general edition available.

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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

First published in 1862, ‘Goblin Market’ is an extended poem about two young sisters who hear goblin merchants hawking their wares. Lizzie urges caution (‘Their offers should not charm us,/Their evil gifts would harm us’) but Laura eats the forbidden fruit and falls into a frenzy, then a decline from which her sister must save her.

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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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Selected Poems & Prose book

Selected Poems & Prose

Gerard Manley Hopkins

This selected edition reveals the poet’s ingenuity and emotional range – from vivid joy to depression. Previously unpublished in book form, Elizabeth Magill’s paintings beautifully visualise Hopkins’s imagery. Introduced by Ruth Padel.

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Shakespeare's Sonnets book

Shakespeare's Sonnets

William Shakespeare

Published here as they first appeared with the narrative poem 'A Lover's Complaint', Shakespeare's sonnets show his transcendent mastery of language, and more, they reveal intimate glimpses of the poet's mind.

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The Song of Roland book

The Song of Roland

In 778, the rearguard of Charlemagne’s retreating army was ambushed in the Pyrenees and defeated. The battle of Roncevaux became the inspiration for songs and poems celebrating deeds of valour in the face of overwhelming odds. In the mid 12th century, part of this great retelling of heroic deeds was The Song of Roland.

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The Voyage of Argo book

The Voyage of Argo

Apollonius of Rhodes

The poetic account of Jason's quest for the golden fleece, written in the third century BC and now an inspiration for artist Daniel Egnéus.

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