by Robert Browning
Porphyria's Lover Passivity Quotes
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She put my arm about her waist, (16)
The speaker is so passive and apathetic that he just lets Porphyria move his arms around like a doll.
I propped her head up as before,
Only, this time my shoulder bore
Her head, which droops upon it still (49-51)
By the second half of the poem, the tables have turned: now Porphyria is the passive one (because she's dead), and the speaker moves her body around as though she were a doll.