If you’re an aspiring writer or student, you will benefit from learning how to use poems, quotes and phrases in papers, blogs and articles. Read on…
I’ve been writing inspiring books and personal development blog posts for a few decades now. After authoring a bunch of bestselling books, I personally know that writing can be a lot of fun, but also very challenging. After all, as a writer, you’re supposed to know how to deal with language, grammar, punctuation – which can be complicated at times.
Plus, if you’re a student writing a paper, then you face even more writing challenges. For example, you might need to quote something in your paper – in the right manner. Sometimes students feel unsure about how to deal with using poems, quotes and phrases in their writing. As a result, they seek help from services where they can have a professional paper writer handle how to deal with poems. Remember: It’s always good to use poems, quotes and phrases in papers. They can work as persuasive arguments, offer thoughtful reflection, or even share helpful contrasting opinions.
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With this in mind I put together this short guide on how to use poems, quotes and phrases in papers, blog posts and articles.
While writing, more and more people prefer MLA style for appropriate formatting of the document.
MLA stands for Modern Language Association. The Modern Language Association publishes a handbook, called The Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, which recommend the preferred format and style of papers.
They also have certain suggestions for the best way to cite poems.
As a rule, the way of dealing with poems depends on the length of the phrase.
If you start with a short phrase from a poem, that is not longer than three lines, then there is no need to begin a citation from a new line.
Don’t forget that a long phrase is in case there are more than three lines present in it. It has a bit of other formatting rules than the previous one and should be paid attention to.
To begin with, there is a requirement to start your phrase from a new line if we compare it with a short version where we don’t need to do it. Remember that it is a block quote, so marks are not used. But still, all punctuation should be the same.
It does not matter how exactly you format the poem, phrase or quote. But it is always important to mention the name of the author appropriately. So you may ask where to mention the author together with the name?
The answer is simple.
First, I want to share what APA means.
It’s usually used in…
According to APA recommendations, your quotation should be no longer than forty words. And APA requires quotation marks and beautifully organized lines. There is no need to begin a quotation of a short form to start with a new line. When a phrase we use is more than forty words, it is time for block citations. This means the writer is not supposed to use quotation marks at all. But such a thing should start from the new line. When you include something from a book, don’t forget to mention all necessary details about the author and the publication with all names and dates.
Begin your work smartly and logically. Pause and consider the poem, quote or phrase. Think about how you’d explain it to an acquaintance and how you’d include a credit to the author. Make sure you understand everything, and each and every line is clear for you. After reading everything more than once, it will be easier for you to choose those things you want to quote.
Don’t overdo it.
Be sure to clarify to your reader why you are including the poem, quote or phrase.
Instead of simple quotations, you can just rewrite necessary concepts or points of view. But when citing a poem word by word, try not to use all of the poem. Instead, simply choose only those lines that really matter most. The middle part is not used as a rule. Usually the most attention is paid to the ending.
Before handing in your work, read your writing twice or more to make sure everything is perfect.
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