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Each time you refer to a poem that has been published in a larger work use double quotation marks. Do not use italics.

If the poem has been published as a book then use italics with no quotation marks each time you refer to the poem. e.g.      


“Closing Time: Public Library”  by  Lesbia Harford describes... (poem published in a book.)

The Iliad by Homer is one of the first epic poems to... (poem published as a book)


More information on citing poems in MLA can be found in the library's copy of MLA handbook for writers of research papers in section 3.7.3


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