An Introduction to Bathos
Bathos (the Greek term for depth ), is a figure of speechOpens in new window which in its build-up, consists in an unintentional descent, whereby the expression is amplified with grander series and soon descent into ludicrous and trivial series.
The term is sometimes interchangeable with anticlimaxOpens in new window, but bathos can be intentional when a writer uses it to achieve comical or satirical effect.
Bathos effectively featured in Alexander PopeOpens in new window’s essay on the bathetic, titled ‘Peri BathousOpens in new window,’ or, ‘Of the Art of Sinking in Poetry,’ the essay which attracts Edgar Allan PoeOpens in new window’s critique, describes the writers hiatus at keeping sublime series. Excerpts below: