How do I cite a poem in the text in MLA?

An MLA in-text citation should always include the author’s last name, either in the introductory text or in parentheses after a quote.

If line numbers or page numbers are included in the original source, add these to the citation.

If you are discussing multiple poems by the same author, make sure to also mention the title of the poem (shortened if necessary). The title goes in quotation marks.