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bathos

Lit a sudden ludicrous descent from exalted to ordinary matters or style in speech or writing
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This is especially so since Io's story is, as Ovid and Hey wood demonstrate, so fundamentally comic in its set-up and bathetic in practice.
The actual death of Arthur was a bathetic moment of understatement amid an otherwise carnivalesque production.
Bathetic I know, but if you were to draw a parallel between the World Cup and World War I, we're currently in 1913, when the world looked at the Italo-Turkish war and the wars in the Balkans, and wondered when it might all end.
His tempo-control in Jupiter was well-achieved, the liveliness of the outer sections bringing the turgidness of the maundering central melody into bathetic contrast.
Her writing is most bathetic, alas, when it comes to women.
Here is why the political debate on immigration seems so often like government-by-soap-opera, where bathetic personal anecdotes of poor and suffering immigrants arriving here in simple search of "a better life" so often trump the interests of both the receiving country as a national community and the individual citizens who make it up.
Noting that Woolf herself showed little interest in adapting her own novels, he suggests that postmodern theatrical innovation along with developments in stage technology allow for new ways to "tackle the omnipresent problem of staging interiority without making it bathetic or hyperbolic" (150).
The speaker in Hoagland's poems "feels" just as intensely as the speaker in Lowell's Life Studies--both authors wear their hearts on their sleeve in the confessional mode--but Hoagland and his fellow authors of the bathetic (representing a "new" confessionalism?
a pitch-black study in abjection about a hideous, homicidal, yet strangely bathetic sewer-troll who eats flowers and money, and professes a general dislike for innocent people.
Swigging from a Capri Sun, his bathetic poetry and caustic set-pieces were skilful and sleek.
Some philosophers were great characters--figures who lent themselves to bathetic anecdotes passed down from biographer to biographer like the family silver.
The bathetic answer to Fern's question, in Solondz's acid satire on Jewish bourgeois life in the USA today, seems to be: to give money, and lots of it.