I've been searching around trying to find an answer to this but haven't been able to find anything concrete. If this goes against a guideline I am sorry and I'll remove the post myself.

My question goes as this, I'm writing and I want my character to quote a line from "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell" By William Blake. Since I don't want to plagiarize this is where I ran into my issue.

Do I have to cite the line like I would in a paper with something like: "blah blah line," (Blake, 13) as an example. Because this would ruin the immersion of the book and would also not look pleasing on the page.

Or, is it just good enough for me to put a citation in at the very top or bottom of the piece of the book resembling something like this: Blake, William, and Michael Phillips. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. Bodleian Library, 2011.

Also if I just can't do it that's alright as well. I would just really like to use the line but if I can't then I won't be too beat up over it. Thank you for any help y'all can provide.

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