The other day we heard someone smilingly refer to poets as dreamers. Now, it is accurate to refer to poets as dreamers,but is not discerning to infer, as this person did, that the dreams of poets have no practical value beyond the realm of literary diversion. The truth is that poets are just as practical as people who build bridges or look into microscopes and just as close to reality and truth. Where they differ from the logician and the scientist is in the temporal sense alone; they are ahead of their time, whereas logicians and scientists are abreast of their time. We must not be so superficial that we fail to discern the practicable ness of dreams. Dreams are the sunrise streamers heralding a new day of scientific progress,another forward surge. Every forward step man takes, in any field of life, is first taken along the dreamy paths of imagination. Robert Fulton did not discover his steamboat with full steam up, straining at some Hudson River dock ; first he dreamed the steamboat, he and other dreamers, and then scientific wisdom converted a picture in the mind into a reality of steel and wood. The automobile was not dug out of the ground like a nugget to gold; first men dreamed the
automobile, and afterward, long afterward, the practical minded engineers caught up with what had been created by winging fantasy. He who looks deeply and with a seeing eye into poetry of yesterday finds there all the cold scientific magic of today and much which we shall not enjoy until some tomorrow. If the poet does not dream so clearly that
blueprints of his vision can immediately be drawn and the practical conversions immediately effected, he must not for that reason be described as merely the mental host for a sort of harmless madness. For the poet, like an engineer, is a specialist. His being, turned to the life of tomorrow, cannot be turned simultaneously to the life of today. To the scientist he says, "Here, I give you a flash of the future". The wise scientist thanks him, and takes that flash of the future and makes it over into a fiber of today.
11. The author's attitude towards poets differs from that of the general public in that:
(A) most people have a patronizing attitude while the author is in awe of poets
(B) most people take poets to be impractical dreamers the author has a great deal of faith in those dreams
(C) contrary to popular belief the author looks upon poets as chimerical visionaries
(D) he holds them in high esteem
12. From the para one can safely conclude that :
(A) Poets inspire scientific research
(B) Without imagination there would be no progress
(C) The greatest achievements of today were once fanciful dreams of some people
(D) Poets live in the intangible future
13. Which of the following statements is least erroneous?
(A) The poet has more faith in the future than all the scientists and artists
(B) The author lays more faith in the poets than most of us
(C) All progress would stop if poetry turned realistic
(D) None of the above
14. What is common to both Poets & Scientists?
(A) Both can change impossible to possible
(B) They live in a world of their own
(C) They are cut-off from reality
(D) Both dare to dream the seemingly impossible