Research Unit for Languages and Literature in the South African Context

Tools - Wordle

"A different approach / method can yield fresh results"- Prof Pierre Jordaan

Analysing text can become very technical. Luckily fun tools are available to do just that. One such tool is Wordle. Wordle gives the user the ability to visualise a piece of text in a new way.  

It works on the premise of frequency of words. The as the frequency of a specific word increases, the more prominent it will be displayed in the visualisation.

As an example, here is a visualisation Green eggs and ham, by Dr. Seuss

Wordle: Green eggs and ham

And Hamlet by Shakespeare

Wordle: Hamlet


If you want to try for yourself, go to wordle and create a word cloud for yourself!