Ask me a question

My latest book is called Is This a Poem? published by Bloomsbury. It’s packed with every type of poem you’ve ever heard of (and a few you haven’t). It’s all about those poems that you’re not sure whether they are poems or not. From advertising jingles to football chants, and from free verse to rap. I’ve also included lots of tips to help you write poems of your own.

You can use the comments box below to ask me questions. They can be about Poetry Zone matters or general questions about writing poetry. I’ll do my best to answer them for you.

Roger Stevens

41 Responses to “Ask me a question”

  • Sally. K

    Hi Roger,
    Just asking, why don’t you accept over-sea entries? I wrote a poem, and my teacher said you cant do that. :)

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    • Roger Stevens

      Well, you can, Sally. We have lots of poems here from America, India… all over the place. You can enter our competition too. Poems do have to be in English though.

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  • Katie Clayton

    I love writing poetry. The things that inspire me are my surroundings and natural every day things. Could I ask you what inspires you to write?

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  • Roger Stevens

    A good question, Katie. I don’t know. It can be anything. Something I see. Something I hear. Something evokes a memory. One thing I do – and I’d advise every poet and writer to do – is to ALWAYS carry a notebook with you. You never know when inspiration will strike.

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  • Josh R.

    Hi Roger! I am starting to write poetry and I would like some tips on what I should do.

    P.S. Can you visit Gunton Primary Academy again? We would love it if you come again!

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  • Roger Stevens

    Hi Josh. I’d love to visit again. You’ll have to ask your teacher about that! If you go to “Teacher Zone” on the homepage and then click on “Model Poems” – you should find lots of great ideas for writing poems. I look forward to reading some new poems from you. Good luck.

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  • Brooke

    Hi Rodger it is Brooke from one of your workshops or Muddy as you called me just wondering if you would be able to give some top tips on writing poems thank you

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  • Roger Stevens

    Hi Brooke. Good to hear from you. The workshops was fun. Click on “Teacher Zone” in the menu, then click on Top Ten Tips for Writing Verse. That should give you some ideas.

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  • Chiamaka

    This book is absolutely hilarious. Why would you want tea with a rabbit.

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  • Roger Stevens

    Well, the rabbit might be your best friend. You might be a hedgehog for example.

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    • Abinaya

      hi rogers stevens,I was reading dork diaries
      what are you reading .your books is amazing.

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      • Roger Stevens

        John Dougherty books. Funny stories. Excellent poems. Check him out.

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    • Roger Stevens

      Well, it’s a big part of my life. I just enjoy being creative and writing. I write stories and songs as well. I keep a notebook, and I’m always thinking of things to write in it. Once you get started sometimes it’s hard to stop.

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    • Roger Stevens

      Hi Gregory. If you click on the Teacher Zone, then Model Poems – you’ll find lots of good ideas to help you write different kinds of poems. I hope you’ll send any new poems you write to The Poetry Zone.

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  • Ashni

    HI Roger, what made you want to become a poet? And could any one get into the business just like That???

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    • Roger Stevens

      At school I liked all things creative. Writing stories and poems, writing songs and playing in a band and painting. I was a teacher once upon a time and started writing poems for children and they became very popular and I started getting poems into anthologies. If you want to be a poet – start by making your own poetry books. Sell them, or give them, to friends and family. That’s how I began.

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  • Zara

    Hi Roger I was wondering how you come up with poems and what helps you make them a good poem?

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    • Roger Stevens

      I see and hear ideas for poems all the time. You have to keep a look-out though, to recognise them. I then write them in my notebook. A notebook is very important, and I keep mine with me always. When I’ve written a poem I first check that it actually makes sense, and that I haven’t just written something just because it rhymes. Then I say it aloud, to hear if it flows nicely and sounds good. Then I check my spelling. Sometimes it turns out to be a good poem, and sometimes it doesn’t. If you write lots you’ll find that you have some good ones, some not very good ones and some okay ones. I hope that is useful.

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    • Roger Stevens

      Hi Elouise. We now judge the winners. I will then put all the poems up in the PZ, and announce the winners. The winners will then receive their prize. Good luck.

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    • Roger Stevens

      Runners up are people who didn’t quite win but were very good. In a race you may have come second or third. No prize but very well done!

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  • Jessie

    Hi Roger, can you please please help me try to understand meter? I have my poem all planned out but i am struggling to identify stressed and unstressed syllables and therefore it’s not flowing as I would like! Many thanks Jessie P.S. I’m a HUGE fan x

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    • Roger Stevens

      Hi Jessie. Well, it depends on the poem. If you are writing blank verse, or a sonnet, then the stress you put on syllables is important. Otherwise it’s simply about the sound of the poem. Say it aloud. You want the emphasis as you say it to fall naturally in line with the rhythm of the poem. How does it FEEL? It just has to have a nice, smooth sound as you read it.

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  • kiera garrett

    hi roger I like your poems a lot and I just wanted to say thank you for do this website and commenting on my poems ;)

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  • kiera garrett

    hi roger can you do a poem about me kiera if not possible its okay I don’t mind

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    • Roger Stevens

      I’m sorry, Kiera, that cannot be done
      For I have to go and play in the sun
      And if I wrote one for you
      And you know this is true
      I’d have to write poems for everyone
      (Ooops, looks I’ve just gone and written one)

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