What are some examples of bathos?
Bathos is a literary device where the writer sets up a scene using absurd (and often increasing absurd) metaphors to try to build up suspense.
Bathos is a literary device where the writer sets up a scene using absurd (and often increasing absurd) metaphors to try to build up suspense. Originally the term was used to describe bad poetry (and the creation of the word credited to the poet Alexander Pope). It's now often used by comic writers to make things more ridiculously funny. Before I try my hand at one, there are several examples in the link below:
Ok - here we go - let's see if I can create some bathos:
In a time of a time, a time that was, or wasn't, or perhaps aughtn't to be, I sagged against my wishes; slowly, agonizingly down down down into the great void of the pit of blackness that lay just below me, trying desperately to cling to some semblance of normalcy and sensibility only to feel its heavy overhand of oblivion reaching out to drag me back into its soothing warm embrace... I was so full from Thanksgiving dinner that I couldn't keep my eyes open at the dinner table.