As versifiers celebrate World Poetry Day on March 21, the question may arise: what makes a poet truly great? News time offered a summary of T.S. Eliot's answer to the question in a 1957 book review:
"According to Eliot, the greatest poets, and specifically Dante, Shakespeare and Goethe, have 'Abundance, Amplitude and Unity.' By abundance. Eliot means that (unlike T. S. Eliot) 'they all wrote a good deal.' By amplitude, he means that 'each had a very wide range of interest, sympathy and understanding.' As for unity, 'it is Life itself, the World seen from a particular point of view.'"