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from the ridiculous to the sublime

From something silly, foolish, or absurd to something exceptional or beautiful. Less common than "from the sublime to the ridiculous." I was pleasantly surprised by the ending to that play—it really took things from the ridiculous to the sublime.
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from the sublime to the ridiculous

From something exceptional or beautiful to something silly, foolish, or absurd. I was disappointed by the ending to that play—it unfortunately took things from the sublime to the ridiculous.
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from the sublime to the ridiculous is only a step

Something or some situation can very easily go from being exceptional or beautiful to being silly, foolish, or absurd. The opera singer was followed by a ventriloquist. From the sublime to the ridiculous is only a step.
See also: ridiculous, step, sublime

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...."
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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

from the subˌlime to the riˈdiculous

used to describe a situation in which something serious, important or of high quality is followed by something silly, unimportant or of poor quality: His works as an artist range from the sublime to the ridiculous, with very little in between. From the sublime to the ridiculous is only one step is a translation of a phrase that was first said by Napoleon Bonaparte.
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O belo, por seu turno, seria apreensivel em sua totalidade como objeto harmonioso e circunscrito ao entendimento da imaginacao e, por isso, seu efeito seria aprazivel, ao contrario de sublime que, ao revelar o infinito, evidenciaria os limites da imaginacao, gerando uma experiencia, por vezes, opressiva e terrificante, porem, solene, que desperta a comocao e o respeito (KANT, 1961).
Et, de meme que la poetesse agrege tous les signes physiques de la passion, dissemblables voire antagoniques, en un corps homogene, eloquent et electrisant, qui est celui du poeme, de meme Vertumne ne conquiert Pomone que quand, en vertu du [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], cette prise de conscience de l'urgence d'agir dont le role est determinant dans le Traite du sublime, il incarne toute la violence de sa passion dans un corps harmonieux, apte a eveiller enfin les sensus--sens et sentiments--de la nymphe.
Tragedy gives the sublime diachronic form; but the sublime is also crucially synchronic for Schiller, a mixed feeling of "Wehsein and "Frohsein.
El objeto de esta tercera critica kantiana es la llamada facultad de juzgar, cuyos poderes en principio son valorar lo bello y lo sublime.
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For the second stage, I focus on the fate of the sublime in two of the most important theories of epic in the sixteenth century, in Italy and England, respectively: Tasso's Discorsi del poema eroico (1594), the most developed theory of epic poetry written during the European Renaissance; and Philip Sidney's Defence of Poetry (published 1595), a work that highlights heroic poetry as an especially sublime genre.
Among those scholars familiar to British Romanticists, Maurice Hindle, editor of Penguin's groundbreaking 1988 edition of Caleb Williams, kicks things off with a close examination of Godwin's debts to Edmund Burke's Sublime and the Gothic tradition, setting the loose parameters for discussing these topics in the essays that follow.
Still, La Grande Bellezza does not end on a melancholic note: once the immensity of time lost is made visible through the sublime moments of recognition, images of salvation also start to appear.
Quinn's new work also reflects a resurgence of interest in the 18th-century concept of the sublime landscape.
In the Sublime version of the song - I'd highly recommend Deadheads who haven't to listen to it - Nowell references the "Summer of Love", a "microbus", a hippy lifestyle that involves a bit of dealing in mushroom, ecstasy, nitrous oxide and sundry other, um, psychotropic substances, as well as a not-so-happy brush with the law.
In doing so, firstly, I will start by comparing Kant's Observations and Nietzsche's Birth of Tragedy due to the following reasons; they both present an exposition of the duality between the beautiful and sublime as well as their comparison, both constitute the frameworks for the aesthetics developed and reconstructed later in their philosophies, and both are written rather artistically instead of establishing a critical-philosophical system on aesthetics.
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La categoria estetica de lo sublime fue ampliamente discutida durante el siglo XVIII.