Poets

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The Penguin Poets series has undergone plenty of face lifts in its long history. The first Poets book, on Tennyson, was published in 1941; it and the next two featured a gray cover with a white nail on the front. When Tschichold arrived in 1948, he revamped the series by creating a bordered design that began as light green; Schmoller in 1954 then shifted the covers to more colorful, wallpaper-inspired backgrounds. In 1963, the design was altered subtly again to create much more vivid patterns. In 1966, Facetti changed the look again, this time to embrace the Helvetica that had become mainstream in most of the other series, while maintaining the patterns.

Housed within the Poets section are two subseries: Modern European Poets, and Penguin Modern Poets. While accorded their own title and numbering system, they also maintained the “D” prefix of the Poets series, and so are included here.

The Poets series crossed the dividing line of 1970, when Penguin abandoned its numbering system, instead printing the ISBN along the spine. D116, Children of Albion, was the last to be numbered. The rest of the books in this list have been calculated by using the pattern of ISBN numbers that followed (117X, 118X, etc.) I have ended the collection at D198 because the next ISBN, 119X, belongs to the Penguin Classics line and will be found there.

1 Tennyson
2 Wordsworth
3 Robert Burns
4 T.S. Eliot
5 A Book of English Poetry
6 Century’s Poetry 1: Chaucer to Shakespeare
7 Century’s Poetry 2: Donne to Dryden
8 Centuries’ Poetry 3: Pope to Keats
9 Centuries’ Poetry 4: Hood to Hardy
10 Centuries’ Poetry 5: Bridges to Present Day
11 D.H. Lawrence
12 Contemporary Verse
13 John Donne
14 Pope
15 Gerard Manley Hopkins
16 Edith Sitwell
17 C. Day Lewis
18 Poems, 1951
19 Comic and Curious Verse
20 Border Ballads
21 John Milton
22 Modern American Verse
23 John Keats
24 Browning
25 Matthew Arnold
26 Byron
27 Robert Frost
28 Dryden
29 Shelley
30 Spanish Verse
31 More Comic & Curious Verse
32 English Verse
33 French Verse 3
34 A.E. Houseman
35 Samuel Taylor Coleridge
36 German Verse
37 Italian Verse
38 The Metaphysical Poets
39 Robert Graves
40 Australian Verse
41 W.H. Auden
42 William Blake
43 French Verse 2
44 Hilaire Belloc
45 New Zealand Verse
46 Canadian Verse
47 French Verse 4
48 Yet More Comic & Curious Verse
49 Narrative Verse
50 French Verse 1
51 Lorca
52 Other Men’s Flowers
53 Thomas Hardy
54 Holderlin
55 Swinburne
56 Baudelaire
57 Russian Verse
58 Robert Herrick
59 Georgian Poetry
60 Latin Verse
61 Durrell/Jennings/Thomas Modern Poets 1
62 Amis/Moraes/Porter Modern Poets 2
63 The New Poetry
64 Rimbaud
65 Chinese Verse
66 Religious Verse
67 Contemporary American Poetry
68 Twentieth-Century German Verse
69 Yevtushenko Euro
70 Barker/Bell/Causley Modern Poets 3
71 Pushkin
72 e.e. cummings
73 Poetry of the Thirties
74 Goethe
75 Sick Verse
76 Holbrook/Middleton/Wevill Modern Poets 4
77 Japanese Verse
78 Corso/Ferlinghetti/Ginsberg Modern Poets 5
79 Rilke Euro
80 Clemo/Lucie-Smith/MacBeth Modern Poets 6
81 Midcentury English Poetry
82 Apollonaire Euro
83 Elizabethan Verse
84 Prevert Ferlinghetti Euro
85 Mallarme
86 Quasimodo Euro
87 Longer Contemporary Poems
88 Animal Verse
89 The Common Muse
90 Murphy/Silkin/Tarn Modern Poets 7
91 Four Greek Poets Euro
92 Brock/Hill/Smith Modern Poets 8
93 Greek Verse
94 Modern Verse Translation
95 Miroslav Holub Euro
96 Welsh Verse
97 Levertov/Rexroth/Williams Modern Poets 9
98 Heine
99 Eugenio Montale Euro
100 Poetry of the Forties
101 Satirical Verse
102 English Romantic Verse
103 Penguin Modern Poets 10: The Mersey Sound Modern Poets 10
104 Zbigniew Herbert Euro
105 Black/Redgrove/Thomas Modern Peots 11
106 Gunter Grass Euro
107 Jackson/Nuttall/Wantling Modern Poets 12
108 Restoration Verse
109 South African Verse
110 Victorian Verse
111 Bukowski/Lamantia/Norse Modern Poets 13
112 Hans Magnus Euro
113 Brownjohn/Hamburger/Tomlinson Modern Poets 14
114 Vasko Popa Euro
115 Anna Akhmatova Euro
116 Children of Albion
117 Return to My Native 0140421173
118 Bold/Brathwaite/Morgan Modern Poets 15
119 ? ?
120 Scottish Verse 0140421200
121 Irish Verse 0140421217
122 British Poets Since 1945
123 Hugh MacDiarmid 0140421238
124 Beeching/Guest/Mead Modern Poets 16 0140421248
125 Socialist Verse 0140421459
126 Gascoyne/Graham/Raine Modern Poets 17 0140421262
127 Sandor Weores/Ferenc Juhasz Euro 0140421279
128 Poetry of the Nineties 0140421286
129 Alvarez/Fuller/Thwaite Modern Poets 18 0140421293
130 Three Czech Poets Euro 0140421309
131 Poem into Poem: World Poetry in Modern Verse 0140421316
132 Ashberry/Harwood/Raworth Modern Poets 19 0140421323
133 Johannes Bobrowski/Horst Bienek Euro 0140421330
134  ? ?
135 Cesare Pavese Euro 0140421354
136 Latin American Verse 0140421361
137 Abba Kovner/Nelly Sachs Euro 0140421378
138 Gunnar Ekelof Euro 0140421385
139 Giuseppe Ungaretti Euro 0140421392
140 Heath-Stubbs/Prince/Spender Modern Poets 20 0140421408
141 Yehuda Amichai Euro 0140421415
142 Unrespectable Verse 0140421422
143 Smith/MacCaig/Brown Modern Poets 21 0140421439
144 D.H. Lawrence 0140421446
145 Post-War Japanese Verse 0140421453
146 Paul Celan Euro 0140421460
147 Imagist Poetry 0140421477
148 Love Poetry 0140421484
149  ? ?
150 George Crabbe Poet to Poet 0140421507
151 George Herbert 0140421514
152 Robert Henryson Poet to Poet 0140421521
153 Alfred Tennyson Poet to Poet 0140421538
154  ? ?
155  ? ?
156 T. Carmi/Dan Pagis Euro 0140421569
157 Haavikko/Paavo/Transtromer/Tomas Euro 0140421576
158 Guillevic/Savory Euro 0140421583
159 Poetry of the Committed Individual 0140421590
160 Alexander Blok Euro 0140421606
161 Fernando Pessoa 0140421613
162 Australian Verse 0140421620
163 You Better Believe It 0140421637
164 Joseph Brodsky Euro 0140421644
165 Fuller/Levi/Mitchell Modern Poets 22 0140421651
166 Marina Tsvataeva 0140421668
167 Wordsworth Poet to Poet 0140421675
168 Whitman Poet to Poet 0140421682
169 Eighteenth-Century Verse 0140421699
170 Grigson/Muir/Stokes Modern Poets 23 ?
171 Juan Ramon Jimenez Euro 0140421712
172 Robert Frost 0140421729
173 Three Painter Poets Euro 0140421736
174 Peter Levi 0140421743
175 Ben Jonson Poet to Poet 0140421750
176 Shelley Poet to Poet 0140421767
177 Elmslie/Koch/Schuyler Modern Poetrs 24 0140421774
178 English Pastoral Verse 0140421781
179 Verlaine 0140421798
180 Charles Cotton 0140421804
181 Ewart/Cghose/Johnson Modern Poets 25 0140421815
182 French Verse 0140421828
183 Post-War Russian Poetry 0140421835
184 Yannis Ritsos Euro 0140421842
185 Pablo Neruda 0140421859
186 Choice of Comic and Curious Verse 0140421866
187 Abse/Longley/Enright Modern Poets 26 0140421873
188 Baudelaire 0140421880
189 Cesar Vallejo 0140421897
190 William Carlos Williams 0140421903
191 Osip Mandelstam Euro 0140421910
192 Ormond/Humphreys/Tripp Modern Poets 27 0140421927
193 Ballads 0140421934
194 Oral Poetry 0140421941
195 Tadeusz Rozewicz 0140421958
196 Scottish Love Poems 0140421965
197 Hebrew Verse 0140421972
198 American Verse 0140421989
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One comment on “Poets

  1. Thanks for this great list. I have collected Penguin Poets for years and have not seen this list before

    Regards kel

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