Purple prose is a term of literary criticism used to describe passages, or sometimes entire literary works, written in prose so extravagant, ornate, or flowery as to break the flow and draw attention to itself. Purple prose is sensually evocative beyond the requirements of its context. It also refers to writing that employs certain rhetorical effects such as exaggerated sentiment or pathos in an attempt to manipulate a reader's response.
When it is limited to certain passages, they may be termed purple patches or purple passages; these are often noted as standing out from the rest of the work.
The term purple patch is also used in a more general, and more unequivocally positive, sense to refer to a period of outstanding achievement. This usage is particularly common in sporting contexts in some countries; for example, a footballer who had scored in six successive games might be said to be "enjoying a purple patch".
... In 1992, Elein Fleiss and Olivier Zahm started the magazine Purple Prose as a reaction against the superficial glamour of the 1980's much as a part of the global ... on their personal interests and views Purple was, and in a sense still is, made much in the same spirit of the fanzine ... In the introduction of the Purple Anthology, Zahm writes “ We launched Purple Prose in the early 1990s without any means, and without any experience, because we wanted to make a magazine that was ...
... Purple prose is a term of literary criticism used to describe passages, or sometimes entire literary works, written in prose so overly extravagant, ornate, or flowery as to break the flow and draw attention ... Purple prose is sensually evocative beyond the requirements of its context ...
... section does not cite any references or sources Modern critics use "purple prose" to refer to any writing that is undermined by its over-stylized and formulaic nature ... Many pulp genres have become infamous for excesses of purple prose, including romance, mystery, and adventure likewise, in journalism, the term is often used to refer to writing ...
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