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BATHOS (Gr. 3hOos)

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Originally appearing in Volume V03, Page 514 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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BATHOS (Gr. 3hOos), properly depth, the bottom or lowest part of anything. The current usage for an anticlimax, a descent " from the sublime to the ridiculous," from the elevated to the commonplace in literature or speech, is due to Pope's satire on Bathos (Miscellanies, 1727-1728), "the art of sinking in poetry." The title was a- travesty of Longinus's essay, On the Sublime, Ilepi' 6 'uc.
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