Useful Vocabulary for Essay Writing

Words to analyse texts 

The following post aims at aiding your analysis of literary texts and at providing a wide variety of lexical items that will enhance your writing.

Find VERBS below: you can use them instead of repeating “show” or “is about” while expressing your views on a poem, short story or play.

EXAMINE                   EXPLORE                    EXPRESS                 

POINT AT                   INTRODUCE                  DEPICT              PORTRAY

DESCRIBE             CONVEY             …. IS A PICTURE OF…

CAN BE INTERPRETED / SEEN / READ / UNDERSTOOD AS

CENTRE AROUND                FOCUS ON              EMPHASISE             STRENGTHEN

INTENSIFY                  HIGHLIGHT                 REFLECT            SHOW

FOREGROUND        PUT FORTH          PRESENT          REFER TO

SHED LIGHT ON / UPON                 REVEAL                SUGGEST

DEVELOP THE IDEA THAT…                 DEAL WITH

CREATE               CONJURE UP            FORETELL / FORESHADOW

DENOUNCE                         RAISE AWARENESS OF…                  CRITICISE

REPRESENT             STAND FOR

Also find ADJECTIVES attached: you can use them instead of repeating “effective” as you write about a poem, a short story or a play.

Vocabulary_Literature_Literary_Adjectives

 Hope you find them instrumental!