For Anne Gregory – Important Questions

The poem is in a form of dialogue between two people, Anne Gregory and another is identified as speaker. It could be anyone i.e. Anne’s lover or a friend or the poet himself. The poem is about perception of love by different people.

Important Question and Answer

Q. Read the lines given below and answer the questions that follow:

But I can get a hair-dye
And set such colour there,
Brown or black, or carrot,
That young men in despair
May love me for myself alone
And not your yellow hair

  1. Who is ‘I’ in the stanza?
    (i) Anne (ii) poet (iii) reader (iv) lady stranger
  2. What is the colour of her hair?
    (i) brown (ii) black (iii) carrot (iv) yellow
  3. Name the poem.
    (i) Amanda (ii) For Anne Gregory (iii) Fog (iv) Dust of Snow
  4. Find the word in the passage which means same as ‘hopelessness’.
    (i) sorrow (ii) despair (iii) dejection (iv) gloom


  1. Anne
  2. yellow
  3. For Anne Gregory
  4. despair

Q. Read the lines given below and answer the questions that follow.

Never shall a young man thrown into despair
By those great honey coloured
Ramparts at your ear Love you for yourself alone
And not your yellow hair

  1. Name the poet.
    (i) Leslie Norris (ii) Walt Whitman (iii) Carl Sandburg (iv) William Butler Yeats
  2. ‘You’ in the above mentioned lines refers to ____________.
    (i) Anne Gregory (ii) (you) reader (iii) poet (iv) some unknown person
  3. A young man should never be thrown into ____________.
    (i) serious problem (ii) mass (iii) sadness (iv) despair
  4. Find a word in the passage which is ‘compared to wall’?
    (i) protected (ii) guarded (iii) covered (iv) rampart


  1. William Butler Yeats
  2. Anne Gregory
  3. despair
  4. rampart

Q. What is the colour of the young woman’s hair? What do you think why she wants to change it?

Ans. The young woman has yellow hair which she says can be dyed brown, black or carrot. She desires this change to improve her looks and appear beautiful in the eyes of young men.

Q. What wisdom was imparted to the poet by an old religious man? Do you agree with the opinion?

Ans. The old religious man quoted a text, that–It is only God who can love a person for himself regardless of his appearance and other attributes. I agree that God’s love for his creation is unconditional; but people do get influenced by the appearance and other physical traits of a person.

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