Posts related to poetry
How do I indicate that a line has been omitted from a run-in poetry quotation?
Use three ellipsis points bracketed by forward slashes to indicate that one or more lines have been omitted from a run-in poetry quotation. Read More
How do I cite an online poem with no line numbers?
As the MLA Handbook notes, “When a source has no page numbers or any other kind of part number, no number should be given in a parenthetical… Read More
If I am citing two poems, each by a different poet, should I use the word line or lines the first time I quote from each poet’s work?
Yes. The MLA Handbook says that “in your first citation” of a poem, “use the word line or lines and then, having established that the numbers designate lines, give… Read More
How should I style my parenthetical citation the first time I quote lines from a poem if I have not mentioned the author’s name in my prose?
The MLA Handbook explains that if you are citing line numbers instead of page numbers in your parenthetical citation, you should “in your first citation, use the word… Read More
How do I cite a phrase from a poem quoted in the published version of a speech?
To cite a poem quoted in the published version of a speech, create a works-cited-list entry for the speech since it is your source. You… Read More
How do I show the blank space between stanzas when quoting from a poem?
Use a single line space to separate stanzas of poetry, as in this excerpt from Felicia Hemans’s “The Image in Lava”: Thou thing of years… Read More