What do Chinese poetry and art tell us about Chinese society? About women? What position did poets occupy in Chinese society?
For a short and brief respond to your question:
Chinese poetry and art told us that Chinese are intelligent people and they like to follow rules. This is proven when you look at the poetry and you will find that most phrases follow about the same numbers of character. Whereas in the U.S., this is not the case. Yet, it still creates the effect of the same meaning or expresses the author’s feeling with that limited rule.
In most aspect, Chinese poetry is not much different than U.S. poetry, both like to use a lot of metaphors and make the society feel that rule, family, and money are important to a person life and should be of valued.
There are not that many female poetry writers in China, I am assuming that male has a dominant power in the society and shows that males are portrayed as more intelligent.
Chinese people don’t use poet that much in life. They do it for flashback reasoning, pick up girl, writing love letter, teaching their kids what is right and wrong, learning styles for writing essay, intellectual purposes, and etc.