The English poets have taken an amiguous posture with regard to digital verse. On the one hand, they appear to delight in referring to the product of their craft as "numbers". Examples abound. In A Psalm of Life Longfellow wrote,
Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
Word Ways: Vol. 16
, Article 14.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol16/iss1/14