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He does not exhibit a new view of nature, or raise insignificant objects into importance, but generally takes commonplace thoughts and events, and tries to express them in stronger and statelier language than others.
The gardens, the fountains and the promenade would surround a new town hall even statelier than our mate Kubla's pleasure dome, this one with four domes.
Increasingly, it turns out, MIT grads are choosing to start their career journeys with start-ups and small but growing high-tech firms that offer them the chance to develop new technology likely to have an immediate impact on the market, as opposed to working at the statelier pace of large corporations.
Updike's own death released a slew of critics from their panegyric scruples, but many still took the opportunity to grouse about the lack of energy of his late novels, as if an aging race horse loses beauty with a statelier, slower gait.
When the poems somewhat abruptly drop their erratic form for the statelier sonnet or villanelle, they tend to lose power.