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Thou plenty hast, yet me dost scant, Thou made a god, and yet thy power contemned.
From the fall of the old regime in France until the beginning of the Second Empire the style of the internal decoration of French houses of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries was contemned or ignored.
We confide in one statesman and oppose another, and often from unfounded antipathies as from reason; religion is tainted with uncharitableness and hostilities without examination; usages are contemned, tastes ridiculed and we decide wrong, from the practice of submitting to a preconceived and an unfounded prejudice, the most active and the most pernicious of all the hostile agents of the human mind.
20) However, New York City Federalist merchant Nathaniel Hazard reported to Hamilton rumors that Jefferson and Madison had launched demagogic appeals in "Shayite" country, for which they "are supremely contemned by the Gentlemen of Connecticut, which State I found on a Review right as to national Matters.
18) Sheila Fitzpatrick's important article on the relevance of estates in comprehending the social hierarchies and identities of early Soviet times demonstrates not only the validity of investigating this overly contemned conceptual structure but also that estates were sufficiently vibrant in late imperial Russia for them to contribute to the ordering of early Soviet society.
But Sontag was one of a small number of intellectuals at the time--Marshall McLuhan and Andrew Sarris are notable in this respect as well--who had to wage a protracted campaign to surmount literary, left-liberal, snobbery and prudery so to widen the bounds of pleasure to include contemned popular art forms.
And didst thou not cover us with this sable exterior, by which our race is distinguished, and for which they are contemned and ever been cruelly persecuted
But rhyming has in the remote past created anxiety about its magical power--as in the English with regard to the Irish, whom they contemned and whose poetic traditions preserved more of ancient practice.
And if they dared to appropriate dramatic or sensational modes accepted in works of more respectable writers (such as Joanna Baillie in Plays of the Passions, Robert Browning in Dramatic Romances and Lyrics, or Matthew Arnold in Empedocles on Etna) they could expect damning autobiographical readings and ad hominem scorn from critics who contemned their authorial projections as well as their obstinate resistence to the critical instruction of their betters.
Too often the writers in question exhibit a deficiency in exegetical skills, with close reading generally contemned by them as new-critical formalism.
Not only a neglected or contemned novel by Cather is at issue.
Habila probes deep, and with deft narrative skill, into the peculiar malaise of a country whose rulers are masters at treachery, where hope is scarce and poverty plentiful, where the written word is feared and contemned by the powerful but treasured by the ordinary citizens whose lives are besieged.