poetic license

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n poetic license license used by a writer or artist to heighten the effect of their work
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Poetic license See License n., 4.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Poetic license a departing from strict fact or rule by a poet for the sake of effect
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. poète—L. poeta—Gr. poiētēspoiein, to make.

Usage

In literature:

Poetic license has extended the peculiarities of the ancestor to his notable descendants.
"Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ" by Lew Wallace
It is therefore not only a poetical license, but also philosophically correct, when beauty is named our second creator.
"The Aesthetical Essays" by Friedrich Schiller
That was poetic license.
"Punchinello, Vol. II., No. 39., Saturday, December 24, 1870." by Various
Noise, unearthly noise, was the poetic license allowed the occupants of these cells.
"A Mind That Found Itself" by Clifford Whittingham Beers
It is a poem, hence the author uses the poetic license.
"A Bird's-Eye View of the Bible" by Frank Nelson Palmer
Beethoven, though he remained faithful to it, felt its fetters, as is shown by his numerous poetic licenses.
"Chopin and Other Musical Essays" by Henry T. Finck
Seriously, these are figures which no poetical license can justify.
"Early Reviews of English Poets" by John Louis Haney
The disparity of their virtues and their crimes is overwrought in the use of poetic license.
"The Battle of New Orleans" by Zachary F. Smith
To speak of the gloaming is a poetic license, it is true.
"The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley" by Louis Tracy
In poetry one must use imagination and poetic license.
"Hester's Counterpart" by Jean K. Baird
Thus, it was a poetical license when I said they were all arrested; they will not be till to-morrow morning.
"The Regent's Daughter" by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
The "floating" idea is a poetical license, and was born in the imaginative brain of the Spanish writers.
"Aztec Land" by Maturin M. Ballou
They are both closet hypotheses, the poetry of meteorology, with something more than poetical license as to facts.
"The Philosophy of the Weather" by Thomas Belden Butler
Please, we all must allow for a certain element of poetic license in our myths.
"The Samurai Strategy" by Thomas Hoover
Poetic license, she had called it.
"Neighbours" by Robert Stead
It is only poetical license, for there is not the first actual resemblance between the two cities.
"Equatorial America" by Maturin M. Ballou
Poetic license set at naught!
"From School to Battle-field" by Charles King
In fixing the time, Isaiah indulges in a poetic license, and purposely rendered it obscure.
"The Christ Of Paul" by George Reber
LICENTIA VATUM (L.), poetical license.
"Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)" by Various
The freedom of the wind has been the subject of much poetic and prosaic license.
"Reading the Weather" by Thomas Morris Longstreth
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In news:

Renewing your poetic license .
Kanye West may have taken some "poetic license" with a reference on his latest record to former CIA director George Tenet , but Tenet 's camp confirms to Danger Room that the rap star did in fact meet with the one-time US spy chief.
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In science:

Some liberty with strict temporal has been taken in the interest of poetic license. 2RHIC and LHC students, please note that here energy is specifi ed as the kinetic energy per nucleon of the beam.
Puzzles, Progress, Prospects: pre-Summary for the Quark Matter 2009 Conference
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