A caution to a writer…

A great quote found in Wikipedia  – origins, Horace.

I must remember to take note of this!

“Your opening shows great promise, and yet flashy purple patches; as when describing a sacred grove,or the altar of Diana, or a stream meandering through fields, or the river Rhine, or a rainbow; but this was not the place for them. If you can realistically render a cypress tree, would you include one when commissioned to paint a sailor in the midst of a shipwreck?”

Check out Purple Prose in Wikipedia

2 Responses to “A caution to a writer…”

  1. Deborah Barlow Says:

    I did check out Purple Prose in Wikipedia, and the history of the term is fascinating. It reminded me of one of my favorite books about color, (Color: A Natural History of the Palette, by Victoria Finlay) in which paint pigments I have been using all these years reveal their histories. I now approach the reds, the bone blacks and the burnt umbers with reverence.

  2. suburbanlife Says:

    I understand why you are reverent toward these colours. I have the same regard for terre verte in painting, as well as for iron oxide and manganese as colourants for clay and glazes

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