by Robert Browning
Porphyria's Lover Love Quotes
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Murmuring how she loved me (21)
This could be really sweet. After all, Porphyria is "murmuring" softly in the speaker's ear. How romantic! Or it could be that she's still hesitant, and can't bring herself to say it more directly.
To set its struggling passion free
From pride […] (23-24)
The speaker says that Porphyria's "passion" is "struggling" in her heart. She's too "weak" to set it free. Love is getting figured in terms of freedom and restraint again – Porphyria is constrained by something (the "vainer ties" that never get explained) and can't love freely.