Blending Quotations ________________________________________________________________. The Basics. Always integrate quotations into your text. NEVER just “ drop ” a quotation in your writing!
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T.S. Eliot, in his “Talent and the Individual,” uses gender-specific language. “No poet, no artist of any art, has his meaning alone. His significance, his appreciation is the appreciation of his relation to the dead poets and artists” (Eliot 29).
Use signal phrases to blend the quote into the sentence, making it read smoothly:
T.S. Eliot, in his “Talent and the Individual,” uses gender-specific language. He argues, for instance, that“no poet, no artist of any art, has his complete meaning alone. [Indeed,] his significance, his appreciation is the appreciation of his relation to the dead poets and artists” (Eliot 29).
See how the signal phrase makes the sentence read smoother?
Now, as Rabbi Eliahu searches hopelessly for a son of his whom had abandoned him, Elie renounces his faith completely. “And in spite of myself, a prayer formed inside of me, a prayer to this God in whom I no longer believed” (Wiesel 91).
A suggested revision:
Now, as Rabbi Eliahu searches hopelessly for a son of his whom had abandoned him, “a prayer formed inside [Elie]…to this God…[he] no longer believed” and he renounces his faith completely (Wiesel 91).
You start to see this fairly early in the book. “What had happened to me? My father had been struck in front of me, and I had not even blinked” (Wiesel 39).
A suggested revision:
Elie is disgusted with himself when his father is beaten right “in front of [him], and [he] had not even blinked” (Wiesel 39). He begins to question his own values as his concern for his father appears to decrease.