English Class 10
First Flight - Poems (Literature)

Read the given extract and answer the questions


'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.'

(For Anne Gregory )

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Question (i)

 What is the speaker's purpose in saying these lines? 

  • a) To persuade Anne Gregory to change her hair color
  • b) To mock Anne Gregory's vanity and insecurity
  • c) To comfort Anne Gregory's loneliness and sadness
  • d) To compliment Anne Gregory's beauty and charm


Answer written by the student:

b) To mock Anne Gregory's vanity and insecurity

Step-by-Step explanation:

  •  The speaker's purpose is the reason or goal he or she has in saying something.
  •  To identify the speaker's purpose, we need to look at the words and tone he or she uses in the extract.
  •  To persuade is to convince someone to do or believe something.
  •  To mock is to make fun of someone or something in a cruel or sarcastic way.
  •  To comfort is to make someone feel better or less worried.
  •  To compliment is to praise someone or something for a positive quality or feature.
  •  In the extract, the speaker's purpose is to mock Anne Gregory's vanity and insecurity. He or she uses words and tone that make fun of Anne Gregory's idea of changing her hair color. He or she uses quotation marks to show that he or she is repeating Anne Gregory's words in a sarcastic way. He or she also uses words like "but" and "may" to show doubt and disbelief in Anne Gregory's plan.😂

Question (ii)

What does the word "carrot" mean in the extract? 

Answer :

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