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Leeds Harvard: Poem

Reference examples

Family name, INITIAL(S). ed(s). Year. Title. Edition (if not first edition). Place of publication: Publisher.

In the reference list/bibliography, refer only to the anthology in which the poem was published:


Ferguson, M., Salter, M.J. and Stallworthy, J. eds. 2005. The Norton anthology of poetry. 5th ed. London: W.W. Norton.

Citation examples


You should refer to the name of the poem and the poet in the main body of your work, and include a citation to the anthology in which it appears.

Geoffrey Hill's The Guardians (Ferguson et al., 2005, p.1832) was well received by critics in 1959.

When to include page numbers

You should include page numbers in your citation if you quote directly from the text, paraphrase specific ideas or explanations, or use an image, diagram, table, etc. from a source.


"It was emphasised that citations in a text should be consistent" (Jones, 2017, p.24).

When referencing a single page, you should use p. For a range of pages, use pp.


p.7 or pp.20-29.

If the page numbers are in Roman numerals, do not include p. before them.


(Amis, 1958, iv)

Common issues

When you're referencing with Leeds Harvard you may come across issues with missing details, multiple authors, edited books, references to another author's work or online items, to name a few. Here are some tips on how to deal with some common issues when using Leeds Harvard.

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