How Do You Cite Poetry?


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Use the context in which the poem occurs to cite the poem, or poetry, correctly. For example, to cite a poem appearing in a book chapter, use the Modern Language Association style chapter of a book form to cite the poem.

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According to MLA style, the proper way to cite the chapter of a book includes the author's name, the book title, the editor's name, the city of publication, the publisher and the year of publication. Normally the medium of publication is the final credit.

Insert the chapter number and page numbers before the medium of publication as required. When the poem is part of an author's own collection, there is typically no editor to reference. There are additional formatting exceptions to bear in mind when citing a book by multiple authors, two or more books by the same author, a book by a corporate author or an organization, or a book with no author.

To cite poetry appearing in a periodical, include the author of the article, the title of the article, the name of the publication, the date of the publication and the page numbers corresponding to the printed poem. If the poem appears on its own, such as in "The New Yorker," then the author and article title are the poet and poem title.

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