Required Texts

The Norton Anthology of Poetry, shorter fifth edition, edited by Margaret Ferguson, Mary Jo Salter, and Jon Stallworthy

Stephen Fry, The Ode Less Travelled

ENG205 Course Pack, printed on request by Emory Document Services in the DUC.

One book of contemporary poetry chosen from the course list.


Course Policies 


This is a discussion-based class, and much of the work toward achieving our class objectives will take place during class meetings. As a result, it is vitally important for both your own success and that of your peers that you attend as many classes as possible. With this in mind, each student will be allowed 2 absences or “personal days” no questions asked. Every unexcused absence thereafter will have a negative impact on your overall final grade, at the rate of one grade deduction per absence (for example, a B+ becomes a B, then a B becomes a B-). If you use your two “personal days,” excused absences will be given only for documented medical conditions, family emergencies, or religious observance. Excused absences will not be given for extracurricular activities, including Emory athletics; if you foresee missing class due to extracurricular activities, you will be using your personal days for those absences.


If you need to get in touch with me for any reason throughout the semester, you can always email me at During the week, you can expect a response from me within 24 hours. If you email me on the weekend, you can expect a response before noon on Monday.


Personal electronics—including mobile phones, tablets, and laptop computers—are not allowed in class except during specially designated work times.

Academic Honesty

The Emory College Honor Code must be observed at all times. Plagiarism—Don’t Do it! It is a serious academic offense and all suspected cases will be reported to the College Honor Council. Review the policy here:



Emory Writing Center

The Emory Writing Center offers 45-minute individual conferences to Emory College and Laney Graduate School students. It is a great place to bring any project-from traditional papers to websites-at any stage in your composing process. Writing Center tutors take a discussion- and workshop-based approach that enables writers of all levels to see their writing with fresh eyes. Tutors can talk with you about your purpose, organization, audience, design choices, or use of sources. They can also work with you on sentence-level concerns (including grammar and word choice), but they will not proofread for you. Instead, they will discuss strategies and resources you can use to become a better editor of your own work. The Writing Center is located in Callaway N-212. Visit for more information and to make appointments

Tutoring for Multilingual Students

If you are a multilingual student and English is not your first language, you may benefit from working with trained ESL Tutors. These tutors are undergraduates who will support the development of both your English language and writing skills. Like Writing Center tutors, ESL tutors will not proofread your work. Language is best learned through interactive dialogue, so come to an ESL tutoring session ready to collaborate! For more information and to book an appointment, go to:

Disability Statement

Emory University complies with the regulations of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and offers accommodations to students with disabilities. If you are in need of a classroom accommodation, please make an appointment with me to discuss this as soon as possible. All information will be held in the strictest confidence. For more information, please visit or contact the office by phone at (404) 727-9877 [voice] or TDD: (404) 712-2049.

Emory Counseling Center

Free and confidential counseling services are available at the Emory Counseling Center. (404) 727-7450 and

Academic Advising and Class Deans

If you have any academic concerns or questions about Emory College of Arts and Sciences policies, you should first meet with an OUE academic adviser. If an academic adviser is unavailable to meet with you, you may meet with an OUE dean during open hours.


A pdf of the complete syllabus can be downloaded here.