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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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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. The comma can turn an attack into a caress and a lecture into a mere statement of possibility. Gertrude Stein take on the comma was that it only distracts and dilutes what should be focused and intense.

That may be one reason why schoolteachers exalt it and lovers defy it “We love each other and belong to iyfr other let’s don’t ever hurt each other Nicole let’s don’t ever hurt each other,” wrote Gary Gilmore to his girlfriend. Punctuation thus becomes the signature of cultures. Yet it gives the description a spin, as well as a subtlety, that it otherwise lacks, and it shows that the glasses are not part of the middle-agedness, but something else.


His essay starts out and ends with the comma and is the practice of essays like this, the title is based on those anecdotal first and last paragraphs. It is a world without shade.

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Essay: In Praise of the Humble Comma

RWA Con ’08 12 Business: Why does the author entitle his essay, “In Praise of the Humble comma” when most of the essay deals with punctuation in general? Every day, at my desk, I spend most of my time taking out commas — or parentheses or dashes — or putting them in again to try to catch a certain rhythm, a tone of voice, a slant of light.

It is very difficult to adhere all the rules to write good and correct English and all the more difficult for Indians to write correct English. We will be happy to have you on board as a blogger, if you have the knack for writing. Like the humble comma. Websites 4 Contests 6 Craft: Punctuation, in short, gives us the human voice, and all the meanings that lie between the words. And in making sentences, the more commas we omit, the more we often end up in a state of unwanted ambiguity.

Where would all the fun go? Until then, it had been nothing but an unceasing drudgery of rules and rote memorization.

Just who’s Pico Iyer? A run-on sentence, its phrases piling up without division, is as unsightly as a sink piled high with dirty dishes. WritersBlock 5 genre 1 Genre: Fowler, King of English Usage. Punctuation is the way one bats one’s eyes, lowers one’s voice or blushes demurely. Only a lover notices the small things: 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.


Reign of Thoughts: Balance and Harmony: In Praise of the Humble Comma

oc It has a music without sharps and flats. Which brings us back, in a way, to gods. Copyright — Keira Soleore keirasoleore. It isn’t meant as an instruction guide, by any means.

But the same could be said — could it not? More from The Times of India.

In Praise of the Humble Comma

But if we lose these distinctions entirely, and then start to do tue with semi-colons, parentheses and much else, I think we will lose all music, nuance and subtlety in our communication, and end up shouting at one another in block capitals. La minka de Tilcara” Did you know…? Punctuation, in fact, is a labor of love.