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Advanced Studies in English Literature | Poetry Project

How to Cite a Poem in MLA 9th Edition

Cite a Poem

For your Works Cited page, when citing a poem from a book you'll need to include both the book publication information and the poem information. The examples below are for a print book. If the book is an eBook, it will also require the location of the eBook, generally the database provider and URL.  

Structure: Poem author. "Poem Title." Title of book, author(s) or editor(s), publisher, year of publication, page number(s).

Example: Burns, Robert. "Red, Red Rose." 100 Best-Loved Poems, edited by Philip Smith, Dover, 1995, p. 26.

Here is advice from the Modern Language Association (MLA) on in text citation for poems

Your Poetry Questions Answered by the Modern Language Association (MLA)

Did you know? You can search MLA frequently asked questions or ask the Modern Language Association, the creators of MLA Style, your own question

Here is a frequently asked question on poetry readings below: