Here is one way to consider the 9 sentence = 9 clues theory. While the sentences in the poem are consecutive and contiguous their deciphered answers may not be, i.e. the answer to "in the wood" may be the answer to where, or "worth the cold" answer may be in regards to time of year etc etc. So again while the 9 sentences in the poem are in order their answers once correctly deciphered, a wise person will then understand their true meaning and order. Forrest then when is discussing the number of clues solved may in fact not be talking about the number clue as in its sequence found in the poem, but the sequence of the clues properlysolved.
I feel like I'm talking in circles.
I am having a hard time following along with this statement seannm, are you saying that it is possible that there is time restraints in the poem and that it can only be retrieved when its cold such as in the winter?
You can see that even back in 2016 I understood that the order that we view the clues in the poem may be different than the order we follow them once solved. This was well before Forest ever mentioned, in the 2017 Lure interview, that no body had given him the clues in the right order