poetic license


license or liberty taken by a poet, prose writer, or other artist in deviating from rule, conventional form, logic, or fact, in order to produce a desired effect.

Nearby words

  1. poetess,
  2. poetic,
  3. poetic edda,
  4. poetic justice,
  5. poetic licence,
  6. poetical,
  7. poeticism,
  8. poeticize,
  9. poetics,
  10. poetize

Origin of poetic license

First recorded in 1780–90

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Idioms and Phrases with poetic license

poetic license

Also, artistic license. The liberty taken by a writer or artist in deviating from conventional form or fact to achieve an effect. For example, I've never seen grass or a tree of that color; but that's artistic license. [Late 1700s]

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