The Norse version of this myth is quite specific.
Kvasir is the wisest man around.
He utilises a ‘wider context’ to solve his problems.
Odin attains wisdom
after nine nights on the world tree.
As a prelude to re-acquiring the potent brew
he overcomes ‘nine thralls’.
It is only after the addition of honey,
by the dwarfs, that poetic skill is mentioned,
but honey and poetry may have already been synonymous.
This adds further weight to the notion,
that by applying blood, sweat, and tears,
we too can acquire wisdom.