“It takes a young poet ten years or so, I think, to develop the image well, perhaps five or more to grasp the idea of spoken language and embody it, perhaps five or then more to make the changes that will lead to weight. I don’t think the order of labors is important. Some poets may be given one power as a gift, and have to work on the others, or may work on all three simultaneously, or begin with some power not mentioned. The whole process seems to take an American poet twenty or twenty-five years…” – Robert Bly, “What the Image Can Do”
What else can we add to this math equation?