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from the sublime to the ridiculous

Fig. from something fine and uplifting to something ridiculous or mundane. After Mr. Jones had introduced my wife to his wife, he jokingly turned to introduce me and said, "From the sublime to the ridiculous." After the opera singer finished, the master of ceremonies introduced the comic juggler saying, "From the sublime to the ridiculous...."
See also: ridiculous, sublime

From the sublime to the ridiculous is only a step.

Prov. Something grand can easily become very funny. Bob, I don't think you should include a bowl of breakfast cereal in your still-life painting. From the sublime to the ridiculous is only a step. The production of Macbeth went from the sublime to the ridiculous when Lady Macbeth came onstage in an old army uniform.
See also: ridiculous, step, sublime

from the sublime to the ridiculous

From the beautiful to the silly, from great to puny. For example, They played first Bach and then an ad jingle-from the sublime to the ridiculous. The reverse, from the ridiculous to the sublime, is used with the opposite meaning. Coined by Tom Paine in The Age of Reason (1794), in which he said the two are so closely related that it is but one step from one to the other, the phrase has been often repeated in either order.
See also: ridiculous, sublime
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In Kant on Sublimity and Morality, Joshua Rayman unpacks this deeply important Kantian line of thinking, and argues "that the Kantian sublime is historically and philosophically significant because of its role in the critical project, as the first attempt to connect the sublime to a universal, rational system of morality.
Next I turn to the theory of the sublime in Longinus, Burke, and Kant in order to examine the place of violence--and, crucially, what Kant terms "subreption"--in their otherwise differing analyses of sublimity, and thus to frame Shelley's own exploration of the political implications of the violence of the sublime.
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Thanks to this essay, as well as "Presenting the Unpresentable: The Sublime," a shorter essay published two years earlier, also in Art forum, Lyotard is known not only for his ideas surrounding the end of modernity but also for his many attempts to restore the sublime as a central aesthetic category of the avant-garde.
The reference to an "inhuman element in perception" points to this aspect of the sublime, but the theme is not fully developed.
Richardson wisely chooses to adopt discoveries in cognitive science as a rubric for seeing patterns in, or new avenues into, a series of issues which have not been resolved in Romantic literary studies: the problem of delineating a specifically Romantic version of the sublime (chapter 2); the relationship between Romantic concepts of the imagination, the genre of apostrophe and the primacy of the visual (chapters 3 and 4); the persistence of the representation of sibling incest in Romantic writing (chapter 5).
This powerfully simulates the sense of awe that is defined in the West as the sublime.
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MANY OF THE IDEAS IN ASIMOV'S FICTION SEEM TO HAVE A POTENTIAL FOR triggering sublime experiences within his characters.