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MLA Style

A guide to MLA formatting, in-text citation, and the Works Cited list


Key Elements Poem as a Book
Anthology or Collection Poem Online

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. 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 comma edited by Robert DiYanni comma 6th ed comma McGraw-Hill comma 2007 comma pp period 1102-1105 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 comma Vintage-Random comma 1990 comma pp period 66-70 period

Poem as a Book (p. 21)

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

Milton comma John period Paradise Lost period Buccaneer comma 1976 period

E-book (p. 48)

After the publication year, include the database in italics and then the permanent link to the book.

Leigh comma Eric period quotation mark Origami Heart period quotation mark Harm's Way colon Poems comma U of Arkansas P comma 2010 comma p period 37 period eBook Collection (EBSCOhost) comma search dot ebscohost dot com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=906878&scope=site&ebv=EB&ppid=pp_37 period

Poem Online (p. 48)

Put quotes around the title of the poem and italicize the Web site.

Ginsberg comma Allen period quotation mark Howl period quotation mark Poetry Foundation comma www dot poetryfoundation dot org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/49303 period Accessed on 3 Oct period 2016 period