10 Special Editions of Poetry Books That Will Make You Swoon



If you are a poetry lover, you’ve probably lined your bookshelves with your favorite poets, but maybe you’ve been looking for that special edition of your favorite book to add to your collection. From the classics to the modern poets and just in time for the holiday season, here are ten special editions to gift the poetry lover in your life (or yourself):

  1. Ariel: The Restored Edition by Sylvia Plath

One of Harper Perennial’s Modern Classics, this edition of Sylvia Plath’s Ariel restores Plath’s original manuscript as it was intended to be read and includes her handwritten notes, additional poems, and complete working drafts.


2. Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson, Introduction by Martha Dickinson Bianchi

A Barnes & Noble (B&N) Collectible Edition, this collection includes Emily Dickinson’s complete works, accompanied by rare illustrations from the New York Public Library’s archives. If you’re a Dickinson fan, this is one to add to your shelves.


3. Complete Tales and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe, Introduction by Arthur Hobson Quinn

Another B&N Collectible edition, this collection includes Poe’s complete works accompanied by criticisms and essays.

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4. Howl, Kaddish, and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg

One of Penguin’s Modern Classics, this collection compiles Allen Ginsberg’s prolific poems into one stunning package.


5. Nuevas Odas Elementales (New Elemental Odes) by Pablo Neruda

For the big spender, this is a first edition, signed copy from 1956. Originally published in Buenos Aires and illustrated by Silvio Baldessari, this rare edition is worth every penny.


6. The Odyssey by Homer, Illustrated by Coralie Bickford-Smith

Everyone loves a beautiful book from Penguin’s Clothbound Classics series, and this special edition of The Odyssey is no exception. With stunning illustrations, this classic is will add a beautiful pop of color to your shelves.


7. Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell

If you love modern poetry, this B&N Exclusive edition of Pillow Thoughts is for you. Complete with an additional chapter and holographic cover, this is the perfect book to curl up with this winter.


8. the sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur

If you’re a Rupi Kaur fan, you don’t want to miss out on this B&N Exclusive hardcover
edition of the sun and her flowers. Clothbound and designed by Kaur herself, this is a
stunning special edition to buy for your friends, family, and yourself.

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9. W.B. Yeats: Selected Poems and Paintings by W.B. Yeats, Illustrated by Jack B. Yeats

From the Folio Society comes this beautiful, clothbound edition of selected poems by William Butler Yeats, now illustrated with stunning paintings by his brother Jack B. Yeats.


10. the witch doesn’t burn in this one by Amanda Lovelace

While you’re adding all of those other B&N Exclusive and Collectible editions to your cart, don’t forget to grab a copy of this hardcover edition of Amanda Lovelace’s the witch doesn’t burn in this one. Even if you already have a copy, you’ll want this one because it includes a new 30-page section titled “The Dragonhearts.”

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