by Robert Browning
Porphyria's Lover Passivity Quotes
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I listened with heart fit to break. (5)
The speaker's passivity at the beginning of the poem is pretty extreme. His only response to the storm is to "listen," even though listening makes his heart break.
And kneeled and made the cheerless grate
Blaze up, and all the cottage warm; (8-9)
Porphyria, on the other hand, has more agency and activity than the speaker can handle – she's able to make the fireplace "blaze up," apparently without even lighting a match! She's the opposite of passive.