CBSE NCERT Notes for Class 10 English (Poem) Chapter 11 – For Anne Gregory

The eleventh chapter of CBSE Class 10 English First Flight is devoted to a poem titled For Anne Gregory. William Butler Yeats, an Irish nationalist who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923, wrote the poem. We have supplied CBSE Class 10 English Notes here by elaborating on the significance of the poem “For Anne Gregory.” Additionally, we have included a brief explanation of the poem to offer students a fast understanding. They may use the English overview & notes as a resource for test preparation and rapid revision.

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“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.”


They say that Anne’s honey-colored hair can make any young man fall in love with her. These people love Anne, but her hair is what they are really into.

In the past, Anne’s honey-colored hair (Outer beauty) around her ears has been likened to walls that keep people from seeing inside her heart. Beauty like this can make any man fall in love with Anne in a way that he won’t be able to look at her inside. This means that no man can love Anne because of her inner beauty, and he can’t love Anne because of her yellow hair.


“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 my yellow hair.”


Then, Anne says something back.

It’s possible for Anne to get her hair dyed and make it brown or black or carrot-colored. She thinks that if she does this, the young men will fall in love with her for who she is and not just for how she looks. “Yellow-haired fish.”

Anne wants to show that what you can see from the outside is very fake. It isn’t important or true because it can change.


“I heard an old religious man

But yesternight declare

That he had found a text to prove

That only God, my dear,

Could love you for yourself alone

And not your yellow hair.”


In this lines The speaker talks about an old religious man who said last night that he had found a religious text. It is said in this text that only God can look past the person’s looks and see who they are on the inside.

Because humans do not know how to look inside a person’s soul, the speaker says this. Humans are always drawn to things that look good on the outside. Nobody cares about the person behind the pretty face.

That’s why, when the speaker is done, he tells Anne that only God can love her for who she is, not for her hair.

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