Poetry

When quoting from poetry, indicate the page number(s) where the poem may be found or (if the lines are numbered) the line number(s) cited, then mention the edition in your Works Cited.

 If the quotation is one or two lines, you may quote-with quotation marks-within the body of your own text. Use a slash (/) to indicate a new line of poetry.

The phenomenon earlier described as an injury ("mad Ireland hurt you into poetry") is now seen as a triumph, with the initiative on the poet's side: "Sing of human unsuccess/In a rapture of distress" (51).

If the quotation is more than three lines, indent it, putting the page or line number(s) after the quote in parenthesis. The Auden example below gives a page number citation. If you are citing line numbers from a poem, cite as follows: (ll. 45-50). [l. for one line, ll. for multiple lines]

Balancing creative energy against binding circumstances, Auden insists on
the abiding reality of "unsuccess" and "distress":

             In the deserts of the heart
             Let the healing fountain start,
             In the prison of his days
             Teach the free man how to praise. (51)