She could only cry in loud whispers, between her sobs, after her lost belief which she had planted and kept alive from a very little seed since the days in Rome--after her lost joy of clinging with silent love and faith to one who, misprized
by others, was worthy in her thought-- after her lost woman's pride of reigning in his memory--after her sweet dim perspective of hope, that along some pathway they should meet with unchanged recognition and take up the backward years as a yesterday.
When you saw what a greedy little wretch you were the patron of, you determined to show her how much misused and misprized
riches could do, and often had done, to spoil people; did you?
Obviously, African-American poets, from the Harlem Renaissance to the Black Arts movement of the '60s, and since, have necessarily been engaged with the larger social and historical issues because--it brooks no argument--they have been in a different political situation from that of white Americans: that is, vulnerable from the first; groups oppressed and misprized
within a culture do not have the psychological luxury of ignoring the larger society and history in which they have their personal existence.
The "treasure," whose emblem is silver, is misprized
if it thought to be any abstract ideal or truth .
As Peter Brooks has noted, melodrama comes to be the "dramaturgy of virtue misprized
and eventually recognized.
This was a malicious epithet attached by Chopin to the violinist Antoni Katski, whom Chopin disliked and misprized
, and who was not among the exiles following the November Rising.