In June , journalist Pico Iyer wrote an essay in praise of the humble comma for Time magazine that for the first time made punctuation. Jennifer Rienzo ~ COMM ~ Online ActivityCritical Analysis of Pico Iyer s In Praise of the Humble Comma 1. Identify the thesis of Iyer s essay. Pico Iyer is giving punctuation more credit. Nobody realizes how important these simple marks actually are. Iyer says, “Punctuations are like.

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Yet still the comma gets no respect. Besides he states that life without punctuation could be chaotic and to exemplify this idea he makes a connection with Victorian Age strict rules and corsets that later Modernists got rid of.

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Anonymous 10 October at RWA Con 5 Business: To me, part of the beauty of a comma is that it offers a rest, like one in music, a break that gives the whole piece of music around it a greater shape and a deeper harmony.

Pen to paper: In Praise of the Humble Comma

Grace 25 MIP 2 Reasearch: If we were to do away with the comma, would it imply a lack of fidelity to the hymble language? A run-on sentence, its phrases piling up pivo division, is as unsightly as a sink piled high with dirty dishes.

And in making sentences, the more commas we omit, the more we often end up in a state of unwanted ambiguity. Oh, yes, and National Punctuation Day is September Websites 4 Contests 6 Craft: It has a music without sharps and flats.

Essay: In Praise of the Humble Comma

His essay starts out and ends with the comma pic is the practice of essays like this, the title is based on those anecdotal first and last paragraphs. A comma, by comparison, catches the gentle drift of the mind in thought, commz in on itself and back on itself, reversing, redoubling and returning along the course of its own sweet river music; while the semicolon brings clauses and thoughts together with all the silent discretion of a hostess arranging guests around her dinner table.


It has a jackboot rhythm. But the same could be said — could it not?

Why does the author entitle his essay, “In Praise of the Humble comma” when most of the essay deals with punctuation in general? It allows us to catch our breath and head back into a text cool and calm and, quite literally, collected.

In Praise of the Humble Comma | Cogitations and Meditations

RWA Con ’11 1 Business: That may be one reason why schoolteachers exalt it and lovers defy it “We love each other and belong to each other let’s don’t ever hurt each other Nicole let’s don’t ever hurt each other,” wrote Gary Gilmore to his girlfriend. It is a world without shade. Keira Soleore is a pseudonym. The anarchy and commotion of the ’60s were given voice in the exploding exclamation marks, riotous capital letters and Day-Glo italics of Tom Wolfe’s spray-paint prose.

La minka de Tilcara” Did you know…? Iyer wisely compares a period to a red light when the ending comes whereas commas are like yellow lights piico flash asking ptaise to slow down.

Because in love the smallest things matter desperately, which is why lovers pay such attention to the tiniest marks on the page. Cummings first felt free to commit “God” to the lower case. Newer Post Older Post Home. Yet what is so often used, and so rarely recalled, as the comma — unless it be breath itself? Yet punctuation is something more than a culture’s birthmark; it scores the music in our minds, gets our thoughts moving to the rhythm of our hearts. From around the web.


However, in prose, Iyer brilliantly makes the very point of using punctuation even as he’s giving ideas on how the marks can be used. Interested in blogging for timesofindia. RWA Con ’08 12 Business: So, if there is an essay that treats this theme in a humorous way, it could be a very good idea to attract people who do not feel appealed by other kind of material about this issue.

Keira’s Website Email Keira. Yes, fashions change and, yes, people differ radically in how much they want to use the comma. Tuesday, February 15, at Also, pieces are usually titled not by the author but by the editor. Sometimes, we do not take into account the importance of punctuation.

Small, we claim, is beautiful especially in the age of the microchip. An abridged version of this was published in the Editorial page of The Times of India on February 14, but here is the full transcript for those who would like to know all he said:.

Every child knows the menace of a dropped apostrophe the parent’s “Don’t do that” shifting into the more slowly enunciated “Do not do that”and every believer, the ignominy of having his faith reduced to “faith.

Words cannot bend and curve. Sometimes, of course, our markings may be simply a matter of aesthetics.

The hot-blooded Spaniard seems to be revealed in the passion and urgency of his doubled exclamation points and question marks “Caramba! Labels anecdote 10 article 5 assignment 1 books 7 class experience 2 courses 2 education 3 feelings 4 festivals 2 g 1 general interest 94 history 1 homework 1 lenguayexpresionescrita isdf reading writing 9 listening 1 literature 2 movie 25 news 18 novel 27 opinion 16 play 2 poem 15 reading 13 recipe 3 review 1 short story 49 song 11 teacher prajse 8 teacher’s resources 7 technology commz theatre 1 TV 1 tv programme 1 writing 1.

Thus all these tiny scratches give us breadth and heft and depth.