Bathos

Bathos comes from the Greek for deep (as in bathyscape, bathymetric) and in the arts refers to an abrupt descent from the exalted to the banal, either in style or content. At best this is deliberate, as in satires where the figure is most often found. For example, in Canto III, ll.1-8, I of. . .

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