purple prose


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purple prose

Writing that is full of flowery or excessively elaborate language. My early romance novels were nothing but purple prose—very embarrassing to read now.
See also: purple

purple prose

Exceedingly florid, oversentimental writing. This term began life as purple patches in the Latin poet Horace’s De Arte Poetica (ca. 20 b.c.): “Often on a work of grave purpose and high promise is tacked a purple patch or two to give an effect of color.”
See also: purple
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BRENDAN O'Carroll, creator of Dublin mammy Mrs Brown - infamous for blue rather than purple prose - has made it all the way from Liverpool''s theatres to a BBC1 series.
Sadly, Zalasiewicz is far too keen on purple prose. It's enough to marvel at the atomic wonders of a tiny rock without being beaten over the head with phrases such as 'molecular sleights of hand that would make a magician gasp"
Summary: I am reading this magazine and there is this article about childhood memories and six people have written these ghastly, flowery pieces about sunsets and walks in the park and gambolling in rose gardens and treks to some flipping hill station and babbling brooks and the shade of old banyan trees and their first little pet called Rover and loving relatives and even more loving cousins and the one who has written about the most purple prose you can imagine (my childhood days were spun from gossamer thread, each skein a personal memory, precious and as special as the dew kissed tulips in the garden where the fountain tinkled its own symphony and we sat around the pond where goldfish played tag and recited silent poetry) has won first prize of a free air trip for two.
Looking at a gadget in such a way gives us a clean, unfettered opinion sans any associated PR purple prose. At first glance, the Trio 320 looks like a solid little brick.
Alan's purple prose, as I recall, coined such colourful phrases as "midfield stoker general" and, on occasion, when Town, were engaged in desperate defence, he would paint a picture of them holding siege against "an armada-like cannonade."
Vince's purple prose AS EVER, the royal procession provided a stunning sight, but even more enjoyable were the words used to describe it on Ascot Television by broadcasting legend Mike Vince.
I can appreciate Mr Dixon's flowery, some might say purple prose, but the continued vilification of and the sneering at Mike Ashley are entertaining only if you like that sort of thing, but are now counter productive.
Although the storyline is captivating especially when the author begins his quest to defect it is bogged down in places by flowery metaphor giving the book a purple prose cast.
(Sometimes the purple prose includes historical errors, e.g.
If 2003's The Da Vinci Code was plodding and overly talky, at least director Ron Howard has cut down on the purple prose of author Dan Brown's source novel and made this sequel more of an old-fashioned chase thriller, with clues aplenty to be solved.
Along with his purple prose, Moynihan's sober facts were consigned to the realm of the politically incorrect.
Thompson-Cannino and Cotton's writing is cliched, but their powerful story transcends the purple prose. Their intent is not to shock; it is to reveal how, more than 23 years after Thompson-Cannino fingered Cotton in a lineup, she could say, "Thank God I picked you." An old adage says that the justice system eventually corrects itself, no matter how grave the error.
There is an almost indecipherable bit of purple prose by Esther Lombardi entitled, "Introduction," where she says, "Illusion is that which misleads." That is a definition which appears in no known dictionary, except Ms Lombardi's.
Perched in our claustrophobic offices, he wrote purple prose that would make Donald Trump blush.
If you can overlook the prolix, purple prose, however, and if you are a specialist or enthusiast interested in the aeronautical fine points of WWI air combat, Bennett provides a useful and insightful guide.