poetic license


Definition of poetic license

Examples of poetic license in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Of course, train robbery is such a familiar term that perhaps there is poetic license. WSJ, 1 Feb. 2022 However, the victim inevitably would have died from shock and blood loss very early on in the process, so the final fluttering of the lungs is likely poetic license. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 10 Jan. 2022 The language of burning is poetic license, or should be: No one wants to eat rice that’s actually been burned. New York Times, 28 Oct. 2021 Of course, that's a bit of poetic license; Kirk is, after all, a fictional character. Don Lincoln, CNN, 12 Oct. 2021 To put a life, or an act of creation, on-screen means speaking in movie language, always its own kind of poetic license to begin with; to put a life of music on the screen invites even more hyperbole and exaggeration. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 12 Aug. 2021 Suddenly, what was originally just an ethereal touch of poetic license becomes an extended flight of surrealism. Washington Post, 18 June 2021 What seemed like poetic license used to make a point now seems steeped in elements of reality. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 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, 31 May 2020 See More

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First Known Use of poetic license

1819, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of poetic license was in 1819

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“Poetic license.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poetic%20license. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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