Analytical Verbs

A strong analytical statement requires a strong analytical verb. Your analytical statements should have one of the verbs from the list below, to show what exactly your essay aims to prove. A good analytical verb ensures that your essay does not merely indicate something that definitely happens in the book, but rather, what you think the author intended.

Analytical Terms: An Initial List

Verbs that Move Toward Analysis

Advocates
Alludes to
Articulates
Asserts
Balances
Builds
Bolsters
Catalogs
Categorizes
Characterizes
Clarifies
Classifies
Collates
Compares
Concludes
Confirms
Continues
Contrasts
Conveys
Correlates to
Creates
Critiques
Debates
Defends
Depicts
Details
Develops
Differentiates
Elevates
Elicits
Emphasizes
Employs
Establishes
Expands
Expresses
Facilitates
Frames
Gathers
Generates
Guides
Highlights
Identifies
Illustrates
Implements
Implies
Informs
Integrates
Moves
Perpetuates
Persuades
Portrays
Presents
Promotes
Propels
Proposes
Provoke
Raises
Recalls
Reduces
Relates
Reinforces
Represents
Responds
Reveals
Revitalizes
Shows
States
Strengthens
Substantiates
Suggests
Supports
Underlines
Validates
Verifies

Phrases That Move Toward Analysis

By extension
Juxtaposed against
A vehicle for

Phrases that Show Comparison/Contrast

In contrast to…
Similarly,
While that…, this too
This_______ is analogous to

Words to Describe Tone

calm or angry
strident or wistful
arrogant or modest
detached or sentimental
sincere or ironic
condescending or reverent

*Also  see ATTITUDE WORDS

Concepts to Consider

Irony – ironic
paradoxes and dichotomies
analogy – analogous
satire – satiric
contrasts/shifts

Jargon of Analysis

imagery – progression of
imagery
diction: register and level
syntax
voice
persona and/or speaker
shifts
structure
symbolism
conventional
original
figures
of speech
tropes
rhetorical figures
metaphor
vehicle
tenor

Syntax  (grammar/structure)

exclamatory
rhetorical
declarative
interrogative
imperative
loose or periodic sentences
parallel structure
asyndeton
polysyndeton
anaphora
anastrophe / inversion

Diction (word choice)

concrete vs. abstract
repetitive
ambiguous
opposing

Level: Formal, Standard,
Colloquial, Academic.
Literary, etc
.

Register (category)

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