Style, like the human body, is specially beautiful when the veins are not prominent and the bones cannot be counted. ~~ Tacitus
Subtlety... don't you just love it when a passage of writing sneaks up on you, when a few minutes later and you say "Ahhhhhhhh... I get it."
There, of course, is a time and place for in-your-face writing, but I like the moments best when the meaning, rather than smacking you in the face, seeps in delicately yet clearly.