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Quoting or citing public-domain works in a short story?


Myth Weaver
I have a short story in the works involving characters from Norse mythology, and I was hoping to open the story with a relevant verse from the Prose Edda. Any idea how to correctly format it? Would I do something like this...

“Hugin and Munin fly each day
over the spacious earth.
I fear for Hugin, that he come not back,
yet more anxious am I for Munin.”

- Prose Edda, translated by Benjamin Thorpe

...or something else entirely? Like a footnote at the bottom of the story? Help please!


toujours gai, archie
There's not a correct version, only conventional ones. On which, I echo buyjupiter. But for reference, I just looked at my old Penguin copies of Njal's Saga and of Hrfankel's Saga, and both are rendered in prose format, so there you go.


Aside from whether or not you should also include Snorri Sturluson in there, I don't think there's anything wrong with that format. Fiction doesn't have quite as strict a style guide as MLA or anything, and I've definitely seen passages presented in roughly the same way (some publishers prefer italicizing the quote, but that's not universal).