I was born into a literary family, was given a little clear book at the age of 6 in which to collect my ‘poems’. I read my mother’s library and at school my first term at the age of 14 I was in the library learning Keats by heart for my own pleasure.
Across the world are English professors teaching in universities, and retired, who can out-quote me with ease, who know more about poets and their lives and possibly even more poets, than I do. They can dissect works more readily than I and without rehearsing give lectures on any poetics you ask them to.
But there is not one of them a century who can actually write poetry well enough to be remembered. Intellect is only part of the poetical story, knowing the forms only the beginning.