NCERT Solution for Class 10 English : First Flight – Poem 10 For Anne Gregory

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Thinking about the Poem

Question.1. What does the young man mean by “great honey-coloured Ramparts at your ear?” Why does he say that young men are “thrown into despair” by them?
Answer. The “great honey coloured/ Rampart at your ear” means the yellow coloured hair of the girl. They are very beautiful and cover her ears like a protective wall around a fort. Young men may fall in love with Anne because of such beautiful hair. They may be thrown into despair if she rejects them.

Question.2. What colour is the young woman’s hair? What does she say she can change it to? Why would she want to do so?
Answer. The hair of young woman is yellow in colour. She says that she can change them to brown, black or carrot color by using a hair dye. She wants to do so to get rid of the lover who loves her for the yellow – coloured hair. She seeks a true lover – one who loves her for her inner beauty.

Question.3. Objects have qualities which make them desirable to others. Can you think of some objects (a car, a phone, a dress…) and say what qualities make one object more desirable than another? Imagine you were trying to sell an object : what qualities would you emphasise?
Answer. People desire objects because of their qualities that suit their need. The things we consume, goods we use such as a car, a phone, a dress etc. physical qualities matter the most. Before buying anything, it is always considered that the object is durable and looks pretty. If I were to sell a dress, I would select the one that is very appealing to the eye and comfortable for the body. Then I would emphasise on the durability of the dress so that the customer feels that he/she is spending his/her money at the right place and in the right thing.

Question.4. What about people? Do we love others because we like their qualities, whether physical or mental? Or is it possible to love someone “for themselves alone”? Are some people ‘more lovable’ than others? Discuss this question in pairs or in groups, considering points like the following:
(i) a parent or caregiver’s love for a newborn baby, for a mentally or physically challenged child, for a clever child or a prodigy
(ii) the public’s love for a film star, a sportsperson, a politician, or a social worker
(iii) your love for a friend, or brother or sister
(iv) your love for a pet, and the pet’s love for you.
Answer. (i) A parent’s love for a newborn baby or a mentally or physically challenged child depends only on the emotional connect and the feeling of belongingness.
A parent will like the child irrespective of the mental and physical abilities but in practical terms cleverness of the child is the next benchmark for the liking.
(ii) The public’s love for a film star, a sports person, a politician, a film star or sports person is based on his/her performance in the respective genre. This means that this love will eventually wither if these individuals fail to deliver on their respective jobs.
(iii) The love for siblings is basically an emotional connect. There is hardly any materialistic stance to this emotional attachment and therefore this love will remain unchanged even in the face of most difficult situations.
(iv) Love for the pets and vice-versa is dependent on the compatibility between the two parties at a given instant. This means that the degree of belongingness and emotional connect can vary over time.

Question.5. You have perhaps concluded that people are not objects to be valued for their qualities or riches rather than for themselves. But elsewhere Yeats asks the question : How can we separate the dancer from the dance? Is it possible to separate ‘the person himself or herself’ from how the person looks, sounds, walks, and so on? Think of how you or a friend or member of your family has changed over the years. Has your relationship also changed? In what way?
Answer. Do it yourself

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