Posted by: brigid benson | September 8, 2010

Purple Patch

This is my purple patch, the September part of my garden. As you can see it’s all a bit of a happy tangle but that’s fine by me.

While my purple patch is all verbena bonariensis, clematis and cosmos with echinacea too, here’s Wikipedia’s take on the other kind….

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 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.


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