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And this MW has not only seen but explained, in essay after essay, with admirable precision and plainspokenness.
Her lyrical weakness--the plainspokenness that resonates in a protest song but can sink a ballad--is largely offset by her increasingly confident vocals.
Hugo's poem has a quiet majesty which steadily builds as the poem progresses; this is in part because he avails himself of simple declarative lines that have a solemn Biblical plainspokenness about them: