In the words of Benjamin Peters, digits, or the digital indexing used by computers, is used to “count the symbolic[…] index the real, and once combined and coordinated […] manipulate the social” (3). This definition seems very similar to poetry, which uses literary devices such as imagery, metaphor, and symbolism in order to allow the reader to share an experience, memory, or situation without actually having experienced it. Much like a computer system references material and files for the user without actually having the ability to comprehend that information, poems do the same with words, shaping a reality for the reader through references to information that they can understand and relate to but have not actually experienced directly.
I am also of the opinion that poetry such as “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” now exists as a digital entity as well as a physical one. Much like Manovich asserts when stating how “analog media [can be] converted to a digital representation,” (13-2) I would go a step further and say that poetry can be made entirely through digital interface. After some research, I saw that it is possible for computers to create poems that are indistinguishable from those written by humans (for examples, go to botpoet.com). Poetry, like other forms of expression, has begun moving from a physical art form to a digital one, with most authors creating their books entirely in digital format using word processors instead of writing their book contents physically first. It could be said now that any form of literature that we print out, whether it was written this year or 200 years ago, is now considered digital since anything that has become digital, even when printed in physical form, originated or was at some point transcribed into digital form.