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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

The Ideal Contest


Blog Posted:7/18/2013 4:46:00 PM

Medaeval Idealism, Poetry Soup Contest.

OK folks, here is an easy contest for you all. You know how I like to make you sweat a little and come up with something new and creative, something you have not done previously, and definitely something that is the best you can do.

Here's the deal:

Your poem must centre around something Medaeval, or "Medieval" if you prefer that drab new spelling. I think you all know what Medaeval is; castles, dragons, horses, knights, kings, queens, princes and princesses, deep dank dreadful deadly dungeons (try saying that a few times!), priests, travelling minstrels, peasants. You get the idea I am sure.

Keep in mind that any truly great Medaeval country was either recovering from war, at war, or preparing to go to war. Or all three at the same time. But your poem does not have to mention war at all.

Now for the Idealism part:

If you have ever read medaeval legends or stories you will know what I am talking about. If the story is about a knight, he was the strongest, bravest, noblest knight there ever was. If he rescues a distressed damosel, she is in the most dire predicament and be the fairest damosel there ever was. Then the knight rescues her in the most grand and gallant manner, and they fall so completely madly in love that if they were separated for two days they would perish of grief.

If the tale is about a king, he was the greatest king there ever was, either greatly kind or greatly mean. If it is about a priest or saint, they are the most pious, perform the most amazing miracles, and die in the most astounding fashion (either good or bad). And all this regardless of the fact that the next legend you read says the same!

Your poem can be historically based, imaginative, or stretched completely of all truth,  but it must portray ideals and morals. Characters should embody a character trait such as honesty, courage, faithfulness, endurance, forgiveness. Basically, your hero fights and conquers evil. (Either by force, or piety, or smarts, or trickery...)

Finally, I want every entry to mention the colour blue. Blue eyes, blue sea, blue dresses, blue sky, blue flowers, etc.


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  1. Date: 7/19/2013 5:42:00 AM
    I am currently reading a book set during the Arcadian period in England - smack bang in the middle of the Shakespearian ara. A quote from the book, which ties in well with your description of the era: "Bliss for medieval man was a heavenly not a worldly condition. When medieval poetry or painting looked at rural life, it was for something charming and simple, not a dream of perfection. Medieval man had to die to be happy." I am looking forward to this interesting contest, Isaiah. ~ Su

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    Zerbst Avatar Isaiah Zerbst Date: 7/19/2013 9:45:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I am looking forward to reading the entries as well.
  1. Date: 7/18/2013 11:22:00 PM
    gosh, what a challenge!!! You are a very imaginative person!!

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    Zerbst Avatar Isaiah Zerbst Date: 7/19/2013 9:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    So nice of you to say so! I started out really simple with my contest idea, and then I think I got carried away with it!
  1. Date: 7/18/2013 10:29:00 PM
    Your instructions are poetry in and of themselves! :) How absolutely delightful! I LOVE this category as I am a hopeless romantic. I've already written a poem about this but....it has an ironic twist. You'd expect that sweet damsel to be rescued but....do you think I could enter that? Hmmmmm...doesn't have the color blue, but could perhaps work that in. I just wanted to say that this is the first time I read up on you as a writer. I'm so impressed with your desire to incorporate the Bible in what you write...I do that on several of my writes...bless you, Isaiah. He smiles down on you! :)

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    Zerbst Avatar Isaiah Zerbst Date: 7/19/2013 9:42:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I fancy nearly the whole list of entrants will be creating new poems, therefore I recommend that you do the same. Let me know when the contest is over which poem you are alluding to so that I may read it. ~Thank you for your very nice comment, and may you receive heavenly smiles as well!

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