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About Isaiah Zerbst
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Bloggers Photo       I started writing poetry in February of 2012; getting started by writing poems for a story I was writing, and I have been writing them ever since. I enjoy learning more about the intricacies of poetry, and watching as my poetic skills gradually increase. I have been having a blast trying out some of the different forms here on The Soup and chatting with many people that share a common interest.

        I wrote my first real short story when I was twelve; quickly finding out that I enjoyed writing, although I was not very good at it. I attended a writing class for a year, which drastically improved my writing skills and helped me to more accurately transfer my thoughts to the page. Of course, this helps a lot with poetry too.
        One of my favorite authors is G. A. Henty; if someone said that my work was nearly as good as his, then I would consider myself a successful author, (although it is not there yet). I have also been influenced somewhat by the writings of Gilbert Morris and Howard Pyle.
        My goal in writing is to provide wholesome Christian stories and poems that will be helpful to whoever reads them; stories that promote Christian character, virtue, and reliance upon God. This is the reason that I often include scripture passages and prayers in my work.
        I am very thankful that I have been raised in a Christian home, and that Jesus  is the Lord of my life. This may come as a surprise to some, but I would not be  the author that I am today without Jesus, as He has provided a whole new perspective to my life.
  
        I also enjoy playing and writing music (many times for poems that I or a friend have written); I play mostly piano, acoustic guitar, and fiddle. 

        Thank you for reading! I hope my poems can be a source of blessing and encouragement.
        Isaiah Zerbst

 

Most Recent Blog Post


Announcing the Briton Riviere Contest
Blog Posted:6/17/2013 10:25:00 PM

 

OK folks, here is another opportunity to write poems based on the paintings of another phenomenal artist-- Briton Riviere!
Do you like lions, dragons, dogs, or outstanding portraits? Then this is the contest for you! These things and more can be found in the impressive works of this brilliant Victorian artist! Simply write an irresistable poem based on any of Briton Riviere's paintings and submit it to this contest free of charge! Winning poems will be featured in the "Member Contest Winners" section of Poetry Soup-- The #1 poetry website! Now is your chance to earn glory and recognition for your poetry!


Enough of that phluph, and let's get down to the nitty gritty.
Here is a list of Briton Riviere paintings to get you started in your search for something inspiring:

Una and the Lion
The Most Devoted of Her Slaves
Elaine
Hope Deferred
Play Fellows
St. George and the Dragon
The King Drinks
War Time
Daniel's Answer to the King
Beyond Man's Footsteps
Aphrodite
Naughty Boy
Requiescat


Feel free to use your web browser to find other paintings by Briton Riviere.

Contest Rules:
 1. Poem must be based on a Briton Riviere painting. All other entries will be excluded from the winner's circle.
 2. Poem must include the name of the painting you have derived your inspiration from, or Briton Riviere in the title.
 3. No names on poems.
 4. Insert the name of contest somewhere in the text of your poem. (So I don't comment prematurely on poems unknown by name to myself.)


Helpful Tips:
 1. I am judging this contest blind, so it does not matter whether you did well or poorly in previous contests sponsored by me, your poem will be evaluated based on the quality and appeal of the work.
 2. I don't care whether your poem is long or short, what I want you to do is delve into the painting and bring it to life. Imagine what the people and animals are doing, and then portray it in a realistic and descriptive way.
 3. Check your spelling, capitalization, etc., including the title. All caps, no caps, and excessive spelling errors show that you have not put much thought or effort into your poetry.
 4. These paintings are likely from Victorian times, so use of older words, phrases, ideas, and poetry forms is preferred.
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  1. Date: 6/19/2013 10:24:00 AM
    Thanks for your awesome comments, ladies! v I am so thrilled that other people get inspired by looking at some of my favourite paintings. I like the old quote that says, "Give me a painting, and I will give you a poem; give me a poem, and I will give you a song." Very beautiful, I think.

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  1. Date: 6/18/2013 8:25:00 AM
    Thank you Isaiah for introducing us to some of these Victorian paintings....for the challenges, and thanks for my placement in your recent contest. It is enjoyable to incorporate our imaginations into a story for the works of art! Thank you!

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  1. Date: 6/18/2013 12:01:00 AM
    It 's very nice how you are using artwork as your contest inspiration for us!

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My Past Blog Posts

 
Announcing... Robin Hood!
Date Posted: 3/21/2014 3:06:00 PM
New Competition- Ruth
Date Posted: 2/19/2014 10:50:00 AM
Juliet In Verse - Concluded
Date Posted: 2/17/2014 6:35:00 PM
Juliet
Date Posted: 1/28/2014 2:46:00 PM
"Let It Snow" Contest Has Been Judged!
Date Posted: 1/28/2014 12:23:00 PM
Let It Snow 2
Date Posted: 12/27/2013 1:39:00 PM
Let It Snow 1
Date Posted: 12/27/2013 1:29:00 PM
Pharaohs and Pharaohesses
Date Posted: 12/26/2013 12:19:00 PM
Ancient Egypt
Date Posted: 11/12/2013 9:52:00 PM
Apple Pickin' Time Winners!
Date Posted: 11/9/2013 1:29:00 AM
Announcing Apple Picking Time!
Date Posted: 10/2/2013 12:28:00 PM
Point Placements for Charles Haigh Wood Contest
Date Posted: 10/1/2013 4:25:00 PM
New Contest With Prizes
Date Posted: 8/22/2013 4:07:00 PM
Praise For 18 Deserving Poets
Date Posted: 8/21/2013 7:21:00 PM
WANTED: Sponsors For Community Contest Chain
Date Posted: 8/7/2013 11:54:00 AM
The Ideal Contest
Date Posted: 7/18/2013 4:46:00 PM
Briton Riviere Winners!
Date Posted: 7/18/2013 3:48:00 PM
Announcing the Briton Riviere Contest
Date Posted: 6/17/2013 10:25:00 PM
George D. Leslie Contest Finalized!
Date Posted: 6/17/2013 8:53:00 PM
George Dunlop Leslie Contest
Date Posted: 5/16/2013 10:36:00 AM
The Absolutely Worst Poem I Ever Wrote
Date Posted: 4/24/2013 1:46:00 PM
Contest Blog: Congrats to all wool-pullers!
Date Posted: 4/19/2013 10:36:00 AM
New Contest: Pull the Wool Over My Eyes!
Date Posted: 3/24/2013 7:57:00 PM
Newest Contest: Edmund Blair Leighton
Date Posted: 2/19/2013 11:22:00 PM
Irish Poems Blog
Date Posted: 1/18/2013 5:17:00 PM

My Poems

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Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
3/27/2014Every Rose Has Its ThornRhymeallegory,garden,introspec
3/26/2014My Old BucketLimerickholiday,humor,humorous,ir
3/25/2014Will You Think of Me Once In a WhileVillanelleabsence,bereavement,daugh
3/25/2014Lake LouiseSonnetassonance,beauty,creation
3/12/2014A Sly TeaserLimerickfunny,humorous,life,peopl
3/6/2014Admiral Lord NelsonCoupletcourage,england,freedom,h
3/6/2014The Indentured Logger- Swap QuatrainQuatrainabuse,anger,bullying,fare
2/20/2014Whispers of LightRhymeangel,child,girl,journey,
2/13/2014Peaches and CreamQuatrainbeauty,first love,flower,
2/5/2014My Ode to the NetherlandsSonnetbeach,devotion,flower,hap
1/29/2014A Stone in the Cold 4Sonnetanimal,irony,pain,strengt
1/29/2014My JulietSonnetanalogy,innocence,romance
1/24/2014EmmaRhymefriend,girl,happy,name,sm
1/22/2014Peter's Prayer-- A ConstanzaRhymeangel,child,fear,storm,up
1/4/2014Folds of WhiteRhyme royalearth,flower,happiness,sp
12/31/2013Diamonds In Your EyesRhymebereavement,child,girl,he
12/3/2013Oak Tree SwingCoupletchildren,happy,summer,swe
12/2/2013A Kiss Under the MistletoeRhymechristmas,december,kiss,l
11/29/2013A Winter NightQuintain (English)children,family,night,win
11/28/2013EmmanuelLyricangel,birth,christmas,dea
11/27/2013The Perfect Christmas GiftLyricangel,birth,christmas,jes
11/25/2013The Sad PastTankaabsence,assonance,bereave
11/18/2013Christmas MagicRhymeangel,child,christmas,god
11/15/2013Forbidding IslandMonorhymebeach,bird,boat,lonely,se
10/11/2013An Angel In Your EyesRhymedaughter,loss,prayer,sad
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Fav Poems

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Poem TitleFormCategories
You Took My PlaceRhymedevotion,faith,religion,
Help LordRhymefaith,inspirational,relig
Summer Comes With SnowDramatic Verse (Verse Drama)devotion,love,
haiku 6Haikunature,
FriendshipLight Poetryfriendship
Have You Looked up at The Sky TodayCoupletbeautiful,life,uplifting,
A Sonnet For EduardoSonnetlost love,
Just a note-Humbleness is a virtueRhymecaregiving,
The Garden of Adonis LyricsRhymelyric,song,
Rabbits on the ArkRhymeanimal,bible,
Butterfly KissesRhymebutterfly,kiss,
Changing SkyPantoumnature,sky,
Meet me half way,where the river meets the seaLyricabsence,beach,emotions,ro
A Sleepless Night TrioletTrioletsleep,
Not So Long AgoLyricdevotion,faith,love,
WRITTEN IN THE SANDHeroic Coupletsanalogy,introspection,
Dancing With DaddyRhymedad,dance,daughter,dream,
Summer CloudsQuintain (English)sky,
Treasures of My SoulRhymebaby,granddaughter,joy,lo
What Easter Means To MeRhymefaith,forgiveness,holiday
A Fairy's FantasyFree versefairy,fantasy,
Autumn's BreathFree verseautumn,beauty,nature,
The Shy RoseQuatrainbeauty,garden,night,rose,
Tale Of A MermaidFree versefantasy,
The Sounds of WhiteFree versecolor,
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