Ideally an mla in text citation employs the author page format in answering how to cite poems. Put a space before and after the slash.
The author s surname firstname.
How to quote a poem. You may write the name of the poet in the introducing sentence in this case you can mention the year and the page number in parentheses. Title of poem name of website. Cite two or more poems by the same author.
Give credit to the author. If you have two or more poems by the same author list them alphabetically on your works cited page. If the quote you re using is more than three lines simply use a block quote without quotation marks or slashes and try to keep the formatting as close as possible to the original poem.
Title of poem title of book. Indent long quotes two spaces. When you quote a single line of a poem or part of a line simply put it in quotation marks as you would for any other quote.
General in text citation the format for citing a poem in the mla format citation is unique when compared to other referencing styles. Cite the poem which you have found in the book this way. Publication medium print 2.
Once you have your intro phrase hit the return or enter key to start the quotation. In particular the author s name the year the poem was published and the page number. The author s surname firstname.
The last two components you need to learn when you re figuring out how to quote a poem are where to put the author and the line number s. To correctly quote you need to mention certain information. However there are three rules in mla citation.
The first entry alphabetically will appear normally but the second and any other subsequent entries by the same author entry will have three dashes instead of the author s name. Then indent the whole quote by two spaces. When you are quoting four or more lines from a poem you should use a block quote which means you set the quote off from the rest of the text.
Cite a poem which you have found on the website in this way. If you quote two or three lines use a forward slash to mark the line breaks. How to quote poetry in mla.