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(Greek, ‘depth’).

The current usage for ‘descent from the sublime to the ridiculous’ originates from Pope's satire Peri Bathous, or The Art of Sinking in Poetry (1727). The title was a travesty of Longinus' essay On the Sublime.

Subjects: Literature.


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