The written word is everything.
It should here be added that poetry habitually takes the form of verse.
Poe's saying that a long poem is a sequence of short ones is perfectly just.
If it is an imperfect word, no external circumstance can heighten its value as poetry.
When the poet makes his perfect selection of a word, he is endowing the word with life.
But in the finished art of the song the use of words has no connection with the use of words in poetry.
Poetry is the communication through words of certain experiences that can be communicated in no other way.
Great men are rare, poets are rarer, but the great man who is a poet, transfiguring his greatness, is the rarest of all events.
For while the subjects of poetry are few and recurrent, the moods of man are infinitely various and unstable. It is the same in all arts.
There can be no proof that Blake's lyric is composed of the best words in the best order; only a conviction, accepted by our knowledge and judgment, that it is so.