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MLA & APA Citation: Poem


Key Elements

  1. Poet
  2. Poem's Title (in quotes)
  3. Title of Anthology, Collection, or Web Site (italicized)
  4. Editor of Anthology or Collection
  5. City of Publication
  6. Publisher
  7. Publication Year
  8. Page Number(s)
  9. Format

Anthology or Collection (5.5.6)

Cite the poet first, not the editor of the anthology. If you cite more than one poem from the same collection, create a citation for each poem.

No Editor

Use the anthology format, but omit the editor.

Poem in a Book (5.5.2)

Some long poems are published as a single book. Cite these like a regular book. 

eBook (5.6.2c)

Poem Online (5.6.2b)

Pur quotes around the title of the poem and italicize the Web site. Ask your instructor if you should include the URL at the end.