How to Make a Works Cited Page for a Poem

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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.

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.


  • 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.