Climax refers to a figure of speech in which words, phrases, or clauses are arranged in order of increasing importance.
Examples of climax
These are some examples:
Beauty is but a vain and doubtful good; A shining gloss that vadeth suddenly; A flower that dies when first it gins to bud; A brittle glass that's broken presently: A doubtful good, a gloss, a glass, a flower, Lost, vaded, broken, dead within an hour.
Shakespear, The Passionate Pilgrim
"There are three things that will endure: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love."
1 Corinthians 13:13
This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
Martin Luther King, I Have a Dream
Anticlimax (figure of speech)
Anticlimax refers to a figure of speech in which statements gradually descend in order of importance. Unlike climax, anticlimax is the arrangement of a series of words, phrases, or clauses in order of decreasing importance.
Examples of anticlimax
These are some examples of anticlimax:
1. She is a great writer, a mother and a good humorist.
2. He lost his family, his car and his cell phone.