Quotation Marks vs. Italics

Quotation marks, a type of punctuation mark, are used to set apart titles of shorter works such as short stories, poems, songs, articles, and famous speeches. Italics, a typesetting in which letters slant to the right, are used to set apart titles of longer works such as books, movies, magazines, plays, and works of art.

Examples of Quotation Marks vs. Italics

When to Use Quotation Marks

Short Story: “Bartleby, the Scrivener” by Herman Melville

Poem: “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe

Song: “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana

Speech: “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!” by Patrick Henry

When to Use Italics

Book: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Movie: Citizen Kane

Magazine: Forbes

Play: Othello by William Shakespeare

Painting: The Scream by Edvard Munch

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