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How to Cite Poetry, Song Lyrics, & Plays in MLA Style

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citing verse which includes poetry or

song lyrics and some plays is very

different than citing prose this video

explains how to cite verse within the

text of your paper according to the 7th

edition of the MLA handbook the two main

differences between citing prose and

citing verse is that instead of giving

page numbers MLA requires you to give

line numbers and for plays actin C

numbers as well secondly you have to

reproduce the quotation exactly as it

appears in the original source this

means keeping the line breaks the same

as they appear in the original however

if your instructor has given you

different directions or has asked you to

use page numbers always follow their

instructions when you're quoting up to

three lines of verse you can place the

lines within a paragraph and use


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