Line by line, quote the poem as it appears on the original page. Indent one inch from the left margin and avoid using quote marks. When necessary, provide an explanation of the quotation.
Poetry Quotes When quoting a single line of poetry, write it like you would any other short quotation. For emphasis, some writers choose to set off two-line poem passages. Then continue with the essay.
Begin the quotation on a new line, indented half an inch from the left margin, and include the line breaks in the quotation. Keep the formatting as similar to the source as possible when block quoting poetry. Use italics and APA style formatters for the quotations.
When quoting a single line (or part of a line) from a poem, just place it in quotation marks as you would any other quote. When quoting two or three lines, use a forward slash to indicate line breaks. Before and after the slash, add a space. The dash pattern is the same as for dates.
Thus: "O Mistress Mine" by Marvell includes these lines: "Doubt not my love, nor fear / Tis not through want of will / But truth receives what it devotes its life to."
To quote all of this text, simply put it between double quotes like so: "O Mistress Mine" by Marvell. This tells readers that we are going to be quoting several lines from the poem.
Forward slashes can be used in place of spaces when quoting multiple lines. Thus, "O Mistress Mine" by Marvell includes these lines: "Doubt not my love, nor fear / Tis not through want of will / But truth receives what it devotes its life to." Forward slashes can be used instead of spaces before and after single lines too. Thus: "O Mistress Mine" by Marvell includes this line: "Doubt not my love, nor fear / Tis not through want of will / But truth receives what it devotes its life to."
These symbols can be used in email messages, on-line forums, and other text documents provided they are not used in another way by your browser or email program.
Introduce the quote and use quotation marks as you would for any other source quotation in MLA style. If the quotation contains line breaks, use a forward slash with a space on either side. To indicate a stanza break, use two slashes.
Insert a "/" (without the quotations) between the lines when mentioning 2-3 lines of poetry. "I recall" (11-12). When quoting more than three lines of poetry, start each line with a new line and indent each line by half an inch from the left margin.
When it comes to poetry, When quoting two or three lines of poetry within a paragraph, use a slash to signify the end of a line. If the quotation exceeds three lines, indent it, remove the quotation marks, and single space each line of the poem.
So for example, if I wanted to quote three lines of poetry and they came from T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J.A.R.V.I.P." I would say: "In my childhood's book of dreams / There is a page where no one reads / The poet's name is J.A.R.V.I.P."
Or if I wanted to quote four lines from Emily Dickinson's poems I would say: "Because I could not stop for death -/ He kindly stopped for me -"
Or again if I wanted to quote five lines from Shakespeare's plays I would say: "What's in a name? That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet."
This method is also useful when referencing multiple lines of poetry within a larger work.