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(noun) a literary term coined by Alexander Pope to describe to describe amusingly failed attempts at sublimity (an effect of anticlimax created by an unintentional lapse in mood from the sublime to the trivial or ridiculous); adj is "bathetic"

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Also vague and kind of bathetic is the novel's depiction of actual mathematical work

—p.223 Rhetoric and the Math Melodrama (209) by David Foster Wallace
2 years, 2 months ago

his gift is for the crafting of exquisite narratives, shows shaped like Alice Munro stories, bathetic and beautiful

—p.250 Dead Man Laughing (237) by Zadie Smith
2 years, 3 months ago

The clunky bathos of this novel seems to have infected even the line-by-line prose, Updike’s great strength for almost forty years.

—p.57 Certainly the End of Something or Other, One Would Sort of Have to Think (51) by David Foster Wallace
2 years ago

Dishwasher safety is the perfect bathetic note for Hohn to strike about these rubber duckies

—p.4 The Information Essay (2) by n+1, n+1
4 months, 2 weeks ago

Somehow the result of this trick is not bathos but profundity; we see that the story means something more than we thought it might.

—p.157 On Alice Munro (151) missing author
4 months, 2 weeks ago

The right’s full-on moral panic over Ocasio-Cortez’s allegedly spurious working-class identity reached a bathetic crescendo in January

—p.82 A Different Class (78) missing author
1 month, 2 weeks ago

What is amusing about Deep Thought’s ‘42’ is not just the bathos of it

—p.42 The problem of meaning (33) by Terry Eagleton
2 years, 1 month ago

his frames of reference zigzag wildly from bathos to profundity

on DFW

—p.43 "It's Just the Texture of the World I Live in": Wallace and the World (41) by Clare Hayes-Brady
2 years, 2 months ago