How to Make a Works Cited Page for a Poem


A works cited page is the reference page of an essay or body of written work where all referenced text is cited. The most commonly accepted format for a works cited page in the arts, including poetry, is the Modern Language Association (MLA) style.

Things You'll Need

  • Bibliographical information
  • Write the author of the poem, with the last name followed by the first, and end with a period. For example: Whitman, Walt.

  • Place the title of the poem in double quotation marks, with a period at the end within the quotation marks. For example: “City of Ships.”

  • Type and underline the title of the book, followed by a period. For example: Leaves of Grass and Other Writings.

  • Enter the name of the editor, if one exists, first name followed by last, finished with a period. If not applicable, skip to Step 5. For example: Ed. Michael Moon.

  • Write the name of the city of publication, ended with a colon. For example: New York:

  • Type the name of the publisher, followed by a comma. For example: Norton,

  • Enter the most recent year of publication/copyright, finished with a period. For example: 2002.

  • Type the page number(s), shortening the ending page number if within the same numerical set, followed by a period. For example: 246-47.

Tips & Warnings

  • An alternative to underlining the title of the book or anthology is italics.
  • Some versions of MLA require the medium of publication at the end of the citation. For example: Print.


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