The gods, they say, give breath, and they take it away. Small, we claim, is beautiful especially in the age of the microchip. Punctuation, then, is a matter of care. James Death Comes to Pemberley by P. Punctuation, in fact, is a labor of love.
As a reader I felt invited to read it from the very first line. 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. Punctuation, then, is a civic prop, a pillar that holds society upright. A comma, he must have known, “separates inseparables,” in the clinching words of H. WritersBlock 4 genre 1 Genre: 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; and in Communist societies, where the State is absolute, the dignity — and divinity — of capital letters is reserved for Ministries, Sub-Committees and Secretariats.
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: Punctuation, in short, gives us the human voice, and all the meanings that lie between the words. Yet still the comma gets no respect.
WritersBlock 4 genre 1 Genre: 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. In Junejournalist Pico Iyer wrote an iyee in praise of the humble comma for Time magazine that for the first time made punctuation humorous, inviting, and fun for me.
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Reign of Thoughts: Balance and Harmony: In Praise of the Humble Comma
Cummings first felt free to commit “God” to the lower case. Punctuation is the notation in the sheet music of our words, telling us when to rest, or esxay to raise our voices; it acknowledges that the meaning of our. RWA Con ’10 8 Business: 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’.
A run-on sentence, its phrases piling up without division, is as picco as a sink piled high with dirty dishes. The author never gives a formal definition of the comma.
Sometimes, we do not take into account the importance of punctuation. It is a martial music.
In Praise of the Humble Comma by Ellie McConnell on Prezi
Punctuation, then, is a civic prop, a pillar that holds society upright. It has a music without sharps and flats. Go HERE to read it in its entirety. Just who’s Pico Iyer?
In Praise of the Humble Comma
Punctuation is the way one bats one’s eyes, lowers one’s voice or blushes demurely. Newer Post Older Post Home. A period has the unblinking finality of a red light; the comma is a flashing yellow light that asks us only to slow down; and the semicolon is humlbe stop sign that tells us to ease gradually to a halt, before gradually starting up again. Small, we claim, is beautiful especially in the age of the microchip.
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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. Which brings us back, in a way, to gods. Add an exclamation point to ‘To be or not to be Cyr Books by C. Edwardian 1 Humor 46 Leisure 6 Leisure: RWA Con ’08 12 Business: I find Pico Iyer’s essay quite humorous and full of irony.
Punctuation, in fact, is a labor of love. The anarchy and commotion of the ’60s were given voice in the exploding exclamation marks, riotous ni letters and Day-Glo italics of Tom Wolfe’s spray-paint prose.
Also, pieces are usually titled not by the author but by the editor. Until then, it had been nothing but an unceasing drudgery of rules and rote memorization. Naipaul, in his latest novel, writes, “He was a middle-aged man, with glasses,” the first comma can seem a little precious.