Poetry

Epic poems from ancient history, classic anthologies and romantic sonnets – the Folio Society publishes a wide selection of beautifully illustrated poetry books. Each book comes in a specially designed hardback cover and features striking illustrations. The perfect gift for poetry lovers everywhere. See below for the full list of Folio Poetry 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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Beowulf book

Beowulf

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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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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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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Selected Poems & Songs book

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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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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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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