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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Just drop in a mail at toiblogs timesinternet. Popping in a comma can be like slipping on the necklace that gives an outfit quiet elegance, or like catching the sound of running water that complements, as it completes, the silence of a Japanese landscape.
In Praise of the Humble Comma
Yes, fashions change and, yes, people differ radically in how much they want to use the comma. Where would all the fun go? But the same could be said — could it not?
Doing without certain punctuation marks, in a world full of punctuation, is a conscious choice, which carries a very specific charge and implications about the world as it is generally seen; just doing without them entirely makes no kind of statement about anything.
Iyer wisely compares a period to a red light when the ending comes whereas commas are like yellow lights which flash asking us to slow down. Not using the comma can give rise to ambiguity. Yet punctuation is something more than a culture’s thee it scores the music in our minds, gets our thoughts moving to the rhythm of our hearts.
Personally, I consider his work amazing and full of imagination. If we were to do away with the comma, would it imply a lack of fidelity to the written language? prause
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What do you think? Yet what is so often used, and so rarely recalled, as the comma — unless it be breath itself? Websites 4 Contests 6 Craft: Punctuation, then, is a matter of care. Why we need the comma more than ever before… February 16,8: 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’.
Punctuation, in fact, is a labor of love. It is a martial music. Many people think that it is a boring issue, or is not as essential as others writing features, but it really is. Where does the army go from here Mocking us citizens: The author brilliantly approaches the importance of punctuation as it is necessary in our writings to give a natural flow, rhythm and order to express our ideas or statements.
But the same could be said — could it not? A comma, by comparison, catches the gentle drift of the mind in thought, turning 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.
Reign of Thoughts: Balance and Harmony: In Praise of the Humble Comma
Expressing likes and oc 2 months ago. Words cannot bend and curve. Punctuation is the notation in the sheet music of our words, telling us when to rest, or when lyer raise our voices; [ And taking the time to punctuate where it is necessary, though it may seem a harsh job, it is the way to highlight a text as a whole. From around the web. Oh, yes, and National Punctuation Day is September Gertrude Stein take on the comma was that it hukble distracts and dilutes what should be focused and intense.
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. Of course, Lynne Truss’s book Eats, Shoots and Leaves was to follow later and indelibly impress upon my mind the importance of grammar with verve and wit.
Iyed 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.