Q. I need help on the how to cite a poem in an essay. I am breaking the poem down in the essay.


To cite a poem in an essay according to The Writer's Brief Handbook:

"For poems, first give the part or division reference, if there is one, and then the line numbers.  Use a period with no space between."


In Song of Myself, Walt Whitman emerges larger than life itself, "a kosmos, of Manhattan the son,/Turbulent, fleshy, sensual, eating, drinking, and breeding." (24.1-2).

The / refers to a line break in the poem.

Consult the APA Help guide for other questions.

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  • Last Updated Jan 30, 2018
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