I am citing the play All My Sons in an essay I am writing.

I don't want to have a lot of unnecessary content in my quotes and I am not too familiar with quoting plays, so I want to ask how I should omit lines when quoting a play.

P.S. I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this, so it would be great if you could refer me to the best site for these kind of questions.

  • Are you using a style guide? – Laurel Oct 27 '18 at 19:29
  • I am not sure what you mean. I am using MLA format – awesomeguy Oct 27 '18 at 19:30

In MLA, you use a line of ellipses when you're omitting entire lines:

When omitting words from poetry quotations, use a standard three-period ellipses; however, when omitting one or more full lines of poetry, space several periods to about the length of a complete line in the poem:

These beauteous forms,
Through a long absence, have not been to me
As is a landscape to a blind man's eye:
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Felt in the blood, and felt along the heart;
And passing even into my purer mind,
With tranquil restoration . . . (22-24, 28-30)

Purdue OWL: MLA Formatting Quotations

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