I like this aesthetic amalgam proposed by Harold Bloom – another high-held yardstick by which to measure quality of writing. Including my own, for which here is my self-report: ‘Falls far short of a bar high set’. Or ‘aims high, falls short’.
‘One breaks into the canon only by aesthetic strength, which is constituted primarily of an amalgam: mastery of figurative language, originality, cognitive power, knowledge, exuberance of diction.’
Source: The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages, Harold Bloom (London: Macmillan, 1995), p. 29