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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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It might seem strange that, having successfully established the anti-romantic tone of the story's opening scene in New York partly by means of such bathetic dissonance, James should then have chosen to move the action to Italy, scene of the original Romeo and Juliet's great romance.
The film is a paragon of hypocrisy, portraying in bathetic detail the oppression of the Christian Germans by the godless Bolsheviks--even as the Nazis were themselves suppressing religion and pushing dissenting ministers into concentration camps.
Phedre's confessed regret, in Racine's play, that she never actually got it on with Hippolytus, offers a similar bathetic reduction: "Helas
The technique of the self that Oppen promotes--"self-knowledge"--begins to appear as a masculinist fantasy that finds its bathetic resolve (symptom of failure?
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.
In discussing a particular Sebaldian episode, laced with grand Brownian archaism but landing the narrator in a bathetic mess, Bond insists that "If Sebald was aware of how incongruous language and subject are in this passage, and others, then the question would have to be asked as to the real function of the comedy.
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?
Swigging from a Capri Sun, his bathetic poetry and caustic set-pieces were skilful and sleek.
The notes at the bottom of the page provide examples, notably the bathetic "Wentworth, a barber at Oxford" (2:86).
Some philosophers were great characters--figures who lent themselves to bathetic anecdotes passed down from biographer to biographer like the family silver.
In these gaps, one is encouraged to fill in any information s/he desires, and in these spaces the complications of a reading audience's desire to see Little Tree as indicative of multiple bathetic associations with Native identity come forward.
Baldwin deployed his bathetic imagery in order to caricature Southerners' desire for "freedom from responsibility," and yet throughout his career he took great pains to argue that such a naive freedom is fully American--even fully human-rather than particularly Southern.