4 May 2013

How to Write About Mood in Poetry; Words to Describe Character for GCSE, IGCSE

Get these words to improve your essay grades in English. Use them to describe mood, point of view and character, and also to build your own insults. Genius! Words with positive connotations are bold. Negative words are in italics. For every other word, it depends on context.

grandelegiachaughty, self-importantcondescending

mundane, everyday, matter of fact, ordinary

haunted, haunting, ethereal, ghostly, vague, unearthly, deathly

tranquil, tranquility, peaceful, calm, contemplative, self-focussed, self-obsessed, self-centred, meditative, metaphysicalsanguineunruffled, uninterested, disinterested

quick-tempered, angry, choleric, fierce, violent, viciousvolatile, furious, ferocious, belligerent

inquisitive, curious

disappointedthwarted ambitionambitious, vaulting ambitionhubristicoptimistic, pessimistic

selfish, selfless

immoral, amoral, constant, trusting, devious, faithless, inconstant

quick-witted, vivacious, lively, sharp, self-aware, complacentunreliable narrator

exclamatory, grief-stricken, grievingmournfulmelancholy


innocent, purenaive, ignorant, blunt, integrity, clear-sighted, far-sighted, wise

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