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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hmble Punctuation, then, is a civic prop, a pillar that holds society upright. In Junejournalist Pico Iyer wrote an essay in praise of the humble comma for Time magazine that for the first time made punctuation humorous, inviting, and fun for me. I would highly recommend reading this essay. This essay you write about seems to be very interesting. A run-on sentence, its phrases piling up without division, is as unsightly as a sink piled high with dirty dishes.

It seems just a slip of a thing, a pedant’s tick, a blip on the edge of our consciousness, a kind of printer’s smudge almost. 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.

Anonymous 13 March at Why does the author entitle his essay, “In Praise of the Humble comma” when most of the essay deals with punctuation in general?

But the same could be said — could it not? Where does the army go from here Mocking us citizens: James Death Comes vomma Pemberley by P. RWA Con 5 Business: Punctuation thus becomes the signature of cultures.


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.

If we were to do away with the comma, would it imply a lack of fidelity to the written language? Expressing likes and dislikes 2 months ago.

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. In an email iyet I had with Iyer last week, he said he still believes in the power of pauses and that the comma is actually about love.

Why we need the comma more than ever before…

Small wonder, then, that punctuation was one of the first proprieties of the Victorian age, the age of the corset, that the modernists threw off: It would be like a piece of music that never halted or changed speed, but that rolled on relentlessly. Edwardian 1 Humor 46 Leisure 6 Leisure: But the same could be said — could it not? Any instance of the difference it can make? It has a music without sharps and flats. 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.

Until then, it had been nothing but an unceasing drudgery of rules and rote memorization. Only a lover notices the small things: Add an exclamation point to ‘To be or not to be 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. By establishing the relations between words, punctuation establishes the relations between the people using words.


And in making sentences, the more commas we omit, the more we often end up in a state of unwanted ambiguity. 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. Sometimes, we do not take into account the importance of punctuation.

In Praise of the Humble Comma – TIME

When I wrote my little essay about the comma 26 years od, I was really writing about love. He, then, goes on to write: What reason can you offer for this ommission? 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.

WritersBlock 5 genre 1 Genre: Grace 25 MIP 2 Reasearch: Keira Soleore is a pseudonym. Punctuation is the notation in the prase music of our words, telling us when to rest, or when to raise our voices; [ 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 ;raise.

Yet what is so often used, and so rarely recalled, as the comma — unless it be breath itself? Websites 4 Contests 6 Craft: