The importance of poetry is not measured, finally, by what the poet says but by how he says it.
Is there any purpose to translating poetry? A poem does not contain information of importance, like a signpost or a warning notice.
Poetry and prose are of equal importance to me as a reader, and there doesn't seem to be much difference in my own writing.
One of the most treasured books that I own is Donald Allen's 'The New American Poetry, 1945-1960.' It was a totem of great importance and potency to my group of writer friends in college from 1960 to 1964.
A work of art has no importance whatever to society. It is only important to the individual.
Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.