literary present


  • In Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Alice is a little girl who falls through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world of anthropomorphic creatures.
  • Shakespeare writes about universal themes.


literary present (uncountable)

  1. (grammar) The present tense as used by convention to describe events in fictional works, such as when explaining the plot of a book or film.
  2. (grammar) The present tense as used to describe an action of speaking or writing that lives on through written works or record.

Usage notesEdit

See notes at historical present.

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