Play in a collection or anthology (p 27) cite the playwright first, then the play title in quotes if you cite more than one play from the same collection, create a citation for each play kelly comma tim period quotation mark the uninvited period quotation mark 13 plays of ghosts &. When quoting four or more lines from shakespeare, normally you should use block quotation: richard iii tells his troops when quoting other commentators and critics, offer parenthetical citations (just author and page) not only for direct quotations, but also for summarized and paraphrased material from sources. Quoting more than three lines of verse, set these lines off from your text as a block indent the block half an inch from the left margin do not add quotation marks many students find the first four lines of shakespeare's sonnet 39 puzzling: oh, how thy worth with manners may i sing when thou art all the better part of me. When you quote from a play, divide lines of verse with slashes the way you would if quoting poetry you can tell a passage is in verse by examining it to see if every line starts with a capital letter, regardless of whether the line starts a sentence example: at the end of the play, richard tries to regain his kingdom by imagining. Generally, if your paper is only discussing shakespeare's works, you don't need to write shakespeare in the parenthetical citation but if you are comparing with another author, you should differentiate each one by indicating the author in the parenthetical citation in mla.
Quoting literature: basic mla rules prepared by dr mira sakrajda, professor, english department westchester community college when quoting prose, pay close attention to how many lines the quoted passage takes in your essay • if the prose quote takes up to four lines in your essay, incorporate it into your. Use this powerpoint to help you study for your content assessment on citing shakespeare http://wwwscreenrcom/gmlh. A block quote is always used when quoting dialogue between characters, as in a play the block format is a freestanding quote that does at the beginning of shakespeare's the tempest, chaos erupts on a ship at sea before the cast of characters ends up on prospero's island: mariners all lost to prayers, to prayers all. After levan states that homais “faints,” the stage directions detail what happens next: “she sinks down in a chair, he falls at her feet” (22) if it's not clear from context that you are quoting stage directions, indicate this in your in-text citation: manly's scene concludes on a passionate image: “she sinks down in.
[mla xii] ○ citations should be useful for readers by providing enough information to locate the source avoiding plagiarism: citation principles for academic work within essays shakespeare's use of rhyming couplets emphasizes the irony in the following exchange from a midsummer night's dream. .
How to quote shakespeare here is a quick guide on how to quote shakespeare according to the standards set by the modern language association (mla) place a parenthetical reference after each quotation containing its act, scene, and line numbers separated by periods do not use page numbers. Shakespeare, william love poems and sonnets of william shakespeare new york: doubleday, 1991 print here is how to cite a film, dvd, of vhs versionof a shakespearean work: branagh, kenneth, dir william shakespeare's hamlet uk: castle rock entertainment, 1996 vhs in-text citation for a film.
A well written paper does not guarantee a good grade if the original text is not cited properly a strong essay about shakespeare's. In the mla handbook, however, gibaldi finds that it is rarely appropriate to use italics for emphasis in writing research papers (95) and that “in research papers and manuscripts submitted for publication, words that would be italicized in print are best underlined” (94) 3 to quote 1 or 2 lines of verse, poem, or poetry, you.