So in another thread, I came across the term "purple prose" for the first time. Ten years of writing experience, and I did not know about this, or that it was discouraged. As a brief definition, purple prose from what I understand is prose that is overly flowery or descriptive, to the extent that it takes away from the scene. I took a loot at my current work in progress, and I'm now worried that I use too much of it. My first chapter opens up with a (hopefully) captivating, almost poetic description of my character's eyes. They have an appearance as though they are lit aflame, and they hold within them a magical ability very key to the character and his ability to confront other sorcerors, but I spend around 2 paragraphs on his eyes alone. (Granted, not just describing them, but showing that he's looking at something intently, which I then segway into revealing what he's looking at.) Would this be too much purple prose? More specifically, would purple prose be appropriate to start off a novel with if the subject matter was intriguing enough?