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Porphyria's Lover

Porphyria's Lover


by Robert Browning

Porphyria's Lover Power Quotes

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Quote #4

Nor could tonight's gay feast restrain (27)

Again, the metaphor of freedom and restraint! The power of Porphyria's love for the speaker made her skip a party. She simply couldn't "restrain" the urge to visit him.

Quote #5

And all night long we have not stirred,
And yet God has not said a word!

This reference to God is the only suggestion of an outside system of ethics in the poem. It almost seems to be a taunt, as though the speaker laughs at the idea of any kind of retribution.

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