Neat, not gaudy.
Letter to Wordsworth (June, 1806).
The gloomy comparisons of a disturbed imagination, the melancholy madness of poetry without the inspiration.junius
The flowery style is not unsuitable to public speeches or addresses, which amount only to compliment. The lighter beauties are in their place when there is nothing more solid to say; but the flowery style ought to be banished from a pleading, a sermon, or a didactic work.voltaire
Expression is the dress of thought, and still appears more decent as more suitable. A vile conceit in pompous words express'd, is like a clown in regal purple dress'd.Alexander Pope