HumanitiesWeb.org - Glossary definition: Bathos
Bathos
(Greek, 'depth')

Means 'anticlimax' and is used in literary criticism to describe a sudden change from something serious or grand to something absurd or commonplace. Alexander Pope's Peri-Bathous, or the Art of Sinking in Poetry (1728) describes bathos as a poet's fall, in a work of some seriousness, into an unintentionally comic pathos.

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