purple passage

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a passage full of ornate and flowery language

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The speech is probably the best known quotation from the whole of Sounders Lewis's substantial literary output, and is considered by scholars and literary men and women to be amongst the purple passages from Lewis's whole works, probably recalling Shakespeare at his most sublime.
There are few, if any, purple passages, although he can occasionally be almost lyrical about the most unlikely subjects, such as a well-made TV series.
Charles could teach himself Icelandic by reading the sagas and keep up with conversational and literary Italian by devouring "Libri Gialli" (mystery stories) from which he would quote purple passages with the same relish with which he would offer me an obscure, and usually obscene, poem by D'Annunzio or a sublime canto by Dante.
Certainly, they lead to some purple passages when Rushdie is writing of Solanka's feelings for the beautiful Neela, but if every book which fed on the experiences of its author was condemned there would not be much left on the library shelves.
Although Albanov waxes lyrical in occasional purple passages, most of his writing is almost stark--somehow suitable both to the harsh environment that had surrounded him and to the numbing state of shock he must have been in during much of the experience.
Vanessa Redgrave has a lovely love scene and a grandiose death scene, a lot of sly humor, and skates past the purple passages so that she never seems responsible for the gloppy moments, the onus for which falls on the shoulders of Kevin Anderson.
As Orwell again wrote, 'I see that it is invariably where I lacked a political purpose that I wrote lifeless books and was betrayed into purple passages, sentences without meaning, decorative adjectives and humbug generally.
But really read a Cooper - rather than skipping pages in search of the admittedly very frequent purple passages - and you will find a delicious irony behind the jolly hockeysticks prose.
The nature of the Reuter service means that a history cannot mainly be a selection from purple passages.