Brad - aren't you being a little harsh? Sure he could have put more matter with less art, but we're poets... the very nature of a poet is to take something simple and enhance it with language, often blowing it out of proportion. If you had it your way, half of the stuff in Teen Poetry would simply say "I'm sad" or "I hate my ex." What's the fun in that?
Essorant - While your question is based on assumptions, I think I know what you're getting at. Are you trying to say, when words are bygone, so will our thoughts, because we think in words? Eventually, as you say, we may very well be able to function without the use of language. But is all thought done in terms of language? Maybe you enjoyed 1984 a little more than I did, but I'm going to have to disagree on this point.
Thinking obviously occurs even in creatures who have no language. I don't think complex language is primary to complex thought... I just think that it happens to come hand-in-hand as a species evolves. Human wouldn't have become so intelligent without the use of spoken or written language. And why not? Because we couldn't record any of our discoveries. During your lifetime, did you personally discover fire, invent the wheel and the lightbulb, or learn to be ashamed of your body? Of course not. These are all things that have been passed down to us, the knowledge of others, through both spoken and written language.
In this way, language is very important in our success as a species. But if we were to grow to the point where language was no longer important, we wouldn't do away with it only to find that it was important after all. Otherwise, why would we have gotten rid of it?
I doubt language will be done away with, as it is so convenient for us. Even if we do find more efficient ways of communicating with others (like antennae), we would have no reason to impliment them if they would do away with things like philosophy and poetry.
I doubt this would ever happen, so there's not much point in discussing the outcomes of it. But as it's Sunday night and I'm bored and want to get my mind off the essay I should be writing, I'll indulge you.
As you say, thoughts and words would become unnecessary. We would exist primarily for the purpose of serving ourselves. So I guess we'd just be animals again, living for the sake of living, knowing how to survive but knowing nothing more. If chimps don't have poetry, then neither will we. Unless, of course, the definition of poetry changes drastically.
Rest assured though, it won't happen. And even if it does, you'll be dead by then.