Le romantisme a fait de vains efforts pour derider
notre scepticisme [...] La France [...] est tout aussi fantastique cependant que les nations slaves ou germaniques; mais il lui a manque, il lui manquera probablement [toujours] un grand poete pour donner une forme precise et durable aux elans, deja affaiblis, de son imagination."
In contrast, Flaubert's artistic/philosophic globalization, his levelling of all playing fields, exploits the grotesque as a means of active derision of the derision of human effort, including often that of the derider
Hutton, chairman of the National Consumer Council, claimed that six million families are now reported to be caught in the debt trap and having trouble keeping up repayments.
provided [Pope's] enemies in the years to come with a taunt that never lost its sting" [my emphasis].(8) That taunting begins within two weeks as Pope is attacked for writing a "prophane Ballad," and at least three more such attacks appear as Sir Richard Blackmore is readying the second volume of his Essays for publication in 1717.(9) A year earlier Pope had been enraged to read in Blackmore's first volume the attack on Jonathan Swift as an "impious Buffoon," an "insolent Derider
of the Worship of his Country," because of the Tale of a Tub.(10) So he has to have been even more enraged to see himself described in Blackmore's second volume as one of the age's
Sentant cela m'emplir, se diffuser au fond de mon coeur et derider
mon ame, j'ai pris la decision de m'arreter une minuute pour chercher une formule de remerciement adequate.
Like Hamlet, Vivian is witty, skeptical, rationalistic; a proponent of reason; a derider
of passion; an enforcer of distinctions.
have been of late published." For him, the typical male hero of the stage is "a derider
of Religion, a great Admirer of Lucretius, not so much for his Learning, as his Irreligion," and the typical heroine given to "immodest Repartees, and profane Raillery." (29) Blackmore makes it clear from the outset that "this Abuse" of profanity and licentiousness has not been "confin'd to the Stage[;] the same Strain runs thro' the other kinds of Poetry.
Winger Gabriel Obertan, the man anointed to replace Newcastle's former favourite agitator, also feels doubters and deriders
must be silenced after his August switch to St James' Park.