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MLA & APA Citation: Poem


Key Elements

  1. Poet
  2. Poem Title (in quotes)
  3. Book Title (italicized)
  4. Editor
  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.

Elliot comma T period S period quotation mark The Love Song of J period Alfred Prufrock period quotation mark Literature colon Reading Fiction comma Poetry comma and Drama period Ed period Robert DiYanni period 6th ed period Boston colon McGraw-Hill comma 2007 period 1102-1105 period Print period

No Editor

Use the anthology format, but omit the editor.

Stevens comma Wallace period quotation mark Sunday Morning period quotation mark The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens period New York colon Vintage-Random comma 1990 period 66-70 period Print period

Poem in a Book (5.5.2)

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

Milton comma John period Paradise Lost period Cutchogue colon Buccaneer comma 1976 period Print period

eBook (5.6.2c)

Whitman comma Walt period quotation mark Shut Not Your Doors period quotation mark Leaves of Grass period Champaign colon Project Gutenberg comma 2001 period 5 period NetLibrary period Web period 5 May 2016 period

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.

Ginsberg comma Allen period quotation mark Howl period quotation mark Poetry Foundation period Poetry Foundation comma n period d period Web period 5 May 2016 period