Collecting Penguin Clothbound Poetry

Arguably part of the larger Penguin’s clothbound classics series, this collection of 10 clothbound poetry classics was first released in the UK in August 2017, and later in Canada and the US in 2018.

The covers feature decorations by the ever-talented Coralie Bickford-Smith stamped onto a cloth binding. Each volume presents the poet’s most famous book of verse as it was originally published.

First printings also included removable cardboard belly bands on the back cover featuring a short quote and excerpt from the design.

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Complete List of Books in the series

Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Blake

Aug 24, 2017. ISBN 9780241303054, 64p.

“Nor for itself hath any care,
But for another gives its ease,
And builds a Heaven in Hell’s despair.”

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Wessex Poems by Thomas Hardy

Aug 24, 2017. ISBN 9780241303139, 144p.

“The smile on your mouth was the deadest thing. Alive enough to have strength to die.”

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The Temple by George Herbert

Aug 24, 2017. ISBN 9780241303078, 336p.

“Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright,
The bridal of the earth and sky;
The dew shall weep thy fall tonight,
For thou must die.”

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A Shropshire Lad by A E Houseman

Aug 24, 2017. ISBN 9780241303153, 96p.

“Stars, I have seen them fall,
But when they drop and die
No star is lost at all
From all the star-sown sky.”

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Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St Agnes and Other Poems by John Keats

Aug 24, 2017. ISBN 9780241303146, 144p.

“Darkling I listen; and, for many a time I have been half in love with easeful Death”.

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Poems by Wilfred Owen

Aug 24, 2017. ISBN 9780241303115, 112p.

“Red lips are not so red as the stained stones kissed by the English dead.”

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Goblin Market and Other Poems by Christina Rossetti

Aug 24, 2017. ISBN 9780241303061, 144p.

“Come buy our orchard fruits,
Come buy, come buy
.”

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Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

Aug 24, 2017. ISBN 9780241303122, 128p.

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Lyrical Ballads by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Aug 24, 2017. ISBN 9780241303108, 144p.

““Not I, nor anyone else
can travel that road for you.”

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The Tower by W B Yeats

Aug 24, 2017. ISBN 9780241303092, 187p.

“But is there any comfort to be found?
Man is in love and loves what vanishes,
What more is there to say?”

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