purple passage

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a passage full of ornate and flowery language

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Purple passages; Pound, Eliot, Zukofsky, Olson, Creeley, and the ends of patriarchal poetry.
I had been latching on to the purple passages like a child running after toffee.
It is impossible on a rehearsed reading to do justice to Edwards' fragmented narrative, the purple passages that juxtapose poetry and pastiche, the very funny scenes and the provocative ones, and Kelligan's somewhat bewildered presentation does little to convince us that this is anything but a misfired ambition that needs sensitive editing and experienced interpretation.
Ziolkowski compares neumation to highlighting or flagging "purple passages" in significant classical texts.
Baker's readings by contrast have a bird's-eye generality, and they are sometimes overwhelmed by his habit of recycling his own "abyssal" vocabulary and, on rather too many occasions, whole purple passages. On page 46 we read: And among the most prominent thematizations of such fields [of strangeness] over the last half century have been the wayward materiality of language and the wayward negativity of signification.
Although both narrators are prone to purple passages, the texture of Singer's Gothic prose remains one of the novel's strengths.
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.
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.
"Purple Passages or Fiestas in Blue?: Notes Toward an Aesthetic of Vocalese." Representing Jazz.
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.' The most creative history is and should be imprinted, however delicately, with its author's personality--written from the belly, that is, as well as the head.
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.
The nature of the Reuter service means that a history cannot mainly be a selection from purple passages. And though the agency could make major mistakes -- such as who had declared war on whom in 1914 and when the Armistice was to take effect -- they tended to be the result of misinformation from high places rather than recklessness or inventiveness.