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Quoting Poetry (MLA 8th ed.)

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Let's briefly review the rules for quoting poetry, and we're talking about

the MLA citation guidelines here. If you are quoting two to three lines of poetry

then you can show where the line breaks are by adding this slash between the

lines. So this tells us that the line ends with "breeding," and then we add the

slash (surrounded by spaces) to indicate that there's a break there. If there's

actually a stanzaic break there (so if you're jumping from one stanza to the

next), then you can add an extra slash to show that that's happening. Do remember

though that if you're skipping words to jump from one place to the next you have

to add ellipses. But we have covered that in a separate video. At the end we're

going to add in our citation what the line numbers are. If you are going back

and forth between, let's say, pages and line numbers in your essay, then you may

just want to indicate that this refers to lines, so you could put "lines" in front

of the numbers or simply "line" if it's one one line long. So that's something to

watch out for. But if you are constantly quoting from the same source and it's

clear that these are line numbers, then you can simply omit the word "line" or

"lines." If you're quoting more than three lines, then you need to use a block

quotation -- so a block quote. And a block quote in poetry is very similar to a

regular block quote. We put the text sort of indented, so we add a tab

space over here. This is one tab space, and we do that all the way through

[to] at the bottom. So everything's going to be indented. We take the regular

quotation marks off because it's already clear that it's a quote, and then at the