Climax and anticlimax
In climax, a series of ideas are arranged in the order of increasing importance.
- Simple, erect, severe, austere, sublime
- What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculties! In action, how like an angel! In apprehension, how like a God!
Anticlimax is the opposite of climax - a sudden descent from higher to lower. It is chiefly used for the purpose of satire or ridicule.
- Here thou, great Anna! Whom three realms obey,
Dost sometimes counsel take - and sometimes tea.