poetic license


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Recent Examples on the Web What seemed like poetic license used to make a point now seems steeped in elements of reality. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "The horrors of 'Get Out' are more than fiction. It's time to rewatch the movie masterpiece," 24 Oct. 2020 Basically this is a Texas history book dressed up with poetic license in the form of a novel. Andrew Dansby, ExpressNews.com, "The 30 most essential books about Texas," 31 May 2020 Years ago, the very young were schooled with samplers, creating the elements of poetic license while developing a themed portrait of design. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, "A stitch in time pleases collectors: Yenke Peddler antiques," 7 Nov. 2019 The version of events painted on three walls of the 52-square-meter funerary chambers probably takes some poetic license with Capitolias' history. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ancient “comic strip” depicts the founding of a Roman city," 10 Oct. 2018 The Hannity's defenders may call that sarcasm or poetic license, but words are words. Fox News, "Hannity: How we got to this point with North Korea," 9 June 2018 This suggests that McLain might have taken poetic license with some of the details of Gellhorn’s life. Wayne Catan, idahostatesman, "Novelist takes another look at Hemingway’s loves, marriages | Idaho Statesman," 11 May 2018 What abides is a giddy awareness of history as a tale told by unreliable narrators, as well as the oddly comforting impression that senescence has its own poetic license. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Screwball Eggheads Tear Up the Library in ‘Travesties’," 24 Apr. 2018 But the war on cancer is not the place for pep talks and poetic license. Steve Salerno, WSJ, "In the War on Cancer, Truth Becomes a Casualty," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of poetic license

1819, in the meaning defined above

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“Poetic license.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poetic%20license. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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