How many poems have you come across or read in the past few weeks? This is a question that would probably be answered well by a poet or a literary analyst. In my several years of experience in writing, I have only had encounters with less than 100 poems, but the most captivating was Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream.” My exploration of the poem created a certain unexpected flow, which correlated historical facts with human rights issues and politics. Amidst the poem, I had the opportunity to address real-life events and their contributions to the democratic spaces as shared by the poet. I later had the opportunity to write the title of the poem and cite it in an essay. In poems and short stories, you will use quotation marks for the titles of poems. Alternatively, use italics to create titles of the poems. Different poem styles are titled in various ways. In the shorter poems, use quotation marks, but the longer ones require italics. For example, “I Have Dream” is a short poem whose title appears in the following format. Most researchers evade the fact that some poems require underlining of the title because this is an uncommon occurrence.

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Title of the Poem

The title of the most important aspect of the poem and it should appear distinct from the rest of the submission. Use the list below to understand the literary works that will require your attention when italicization is involved.Title of the Poem

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The distinctive title of the poem can only be achieved if slanting images are used. You may be writing about a poem, which means that the title is highly relevant to the rest of the paper. Alternatively, you may write about an essay in which a poem is discussed. In a poem whose length matches a novel, do not be shy to underline or italicize the title. In an essay, quotation marks and italicization are used to quote the poem inside the text. At the end of the paper, the name of the author, the year of publication, the title, and the publisher are necessary. This approach is different in APA, MLA, Harvard, and Chicago. Again, I would like to stress the importance of MLA in writing titles and citing poems. The distinctive nature of the title is determined by its length. However, you must realize that its memorabilility is equally dependent on the way you want your audiences to remember the poem and the rest of the content. When presented with an opportunity to write the poem, make sure that the title follows the required format. However, if you are writing a poem while referring to an essay, things will be very different.

Referencing Poems

Poems are referenced using different formats as we will be discussing in this section. I would like to share the fact that MLA citation may be common, but APA styles are easier to document. In addition, you can integrate MLA and APA to achieve Harvard referencing style.


The name of the poem writer or author will appear in the order of the surname followed by a period, and the second name. If the person has a third name, use the initials and make it the last element in the list. Later, include the release or publication date but do not use parenthesis. After the period, italicize the title and indicate the publisher including the place of publication.

Luther, Martin. 1964. I Have  A Dream. Publication Place: Publisher

Alternatively, if the source is from a book, it is important to include the above information. Later which you will indicate the book from which the information was derived as detailed below

Luther, Martin. 1964. “I Have A Dream.” Publication Place: Publisher. In Marco, James. 1997. “My Dreams.” Publication Place: Publisher.

Thirdly, you may have derived the information from a website. Use the following format to complete the task

Luther, Martin. 1964. “I Have A Dream.” Retrieved Month, Day, Year, from URL Accessed Month, Day, Year.

APA Title for a Poem

The difference between APA and MLA during citation is exhibited by the use of initials instead of the full names of the writers as detailed below

Luther, M. (1964). “I Have A Dream.” Publication Place: Publisher


Luther, M. (1964). “I Have A Dream.” Retrieved Month, Day, Year, from URL

Notably, you do not need to write the date in which the information was accessed because this only applies in MLA. From a personal observation, the rhyme schemes commonly used naturally reduces the length of the piece. As a result, several poems are naturally quoted. The italicization of poems will automatically establish that it is different from other literary works.


Harvard combines the styles used by MLA and APA. You will realize that only few elements are altered in the reference page as indicated below

Luther, M 1964, “I Have A Dream.” Publication Place: Publisher. In Marco, James. 1997. “My Dreams.” Publication Place: Publisher

Inside the text, include the surname of the author, the year, and the page number in case an outside source was used as reference material.

Referencing equally covers the in text citation, which is typical of mentioning the names of the authors, particularly for the APA style. It is crucial to use the name of the author in the following context,

Luther (1964) Says, “That someday” in “I Have a Dream”

Alternatively, you can close the paraphrased information by citing the author (Luther, 1964) and placing the information in parenthesis. In some occasions, the poem is derived from a book or a journal. In such a case, the writer who is Martin Luther in this case is mentioned, but at the end of the paraphrased exercise, the name of the book’s author is incorporated as detailed below

Luther Says, “That someday” in “I Have a Dream” (Marco, 1997)


Luther Says, “That someday” in “I Have a Dream” (Marco 34) –For MLA

In in-text quotes, ensure that the information is centered and in italics. Incorporate a pair of quotation marks at the beginning and end of the text. Close the quotation with a parenthesis cited in you most preferred method. While quoting poems in texts, remember that the names of the composer and the author are different. I want you to remember that everything used on the paper should reflect your credibility by presenting the genuine information about your composer and other participants in the poem writing session. The source of your information is highly relevant to the quality of work you provide as a writer. The poem shared by Martin Luther King Jr. is common, which means that you should know the credibility of the information you use, especially when accessing information from a different database.

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