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Climax and anticlimax

Posted by Manjusha Filed in English Writing

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.


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