Poetic license
Poetic Po*et"ic, Poetical Po*et"ic*al, a. [L. po["e]ticus, Gr. ?: cf. F. po['e]tiquee.] 1. Of or pertaining to poetry; suitable for poetry, or for writing poetry; as, poetic talent, theme, work, sentiments. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Expressed in metrical form; exhibiting the imaginative or the rhythmical quality of poetry; as, a poetical composition; poetical prose. [1913 Webster]

{Poetic license}. See {License}, n., 4. [1913 Webster]


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  • 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. [1780 90] * * * ▪ literature       the right assumed by poets to alter or invert… …   Universalium

  • poetic license — n. 1. deviation from strict fact or from conventional rules of form, style, etc., as by a poet for artistic effect 2. freedom to do this …   English World dictionary

  • Poetic License — The Poetic License is both a poem and a permissive BSD styled license, originally based on the text of the MIT and ISC licenses. The two clauses follow the disclaimer, both rendered as five line limericks. Variations of the license notice, since… …   Wikipedia

  • poetic license — noun license used by a writer or artist to heighten the effect of their work • Hypernyms: ↑license, ↑licence * * * poˌetic ˈlicence [poetic licence] (NAmE poˌe …   Useful english dictionary

  • poetic license — the way in which writers and other artists are allowed to ignore rules or change facts in their work. It s obvious the writer was using a certain amount of poetic licence because the route she mentions has been closed for 50 years …   New idioms dictionary

  • poetic license — noun Date: 1819 license 4 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • poetic license — po,etic license noun uncount the freedom to change facts or events, or to ignore rules when you are writing something in order to communicate your meaning more clearly …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • poetic license — poet′ic li′cense n. pro license or liberty, esp. as taken by a poet or other writer, in deviating from conventional form, logic, fact, etc., to produce a desired effect • Etymology: 1780–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • Poetic — Po*et ic, Poetical Po*et ic*al, a. [L. po[ e]ticus, Gr. ?: cf. F. po[ e]tiquee.] 1. Of or pertaining to poetry; suitable for poetry, or for writing poetry; as, poetic talent, theme, work, sentiments. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Expressed in metrical… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • License — Li cense (l[imac] sens), n. [Written also {licence}.] [F. licence, L. licentia, fr. licere to be permitted, prob. orig., to be left free to one; akin to linquere to leave. See {Loan}, and cf. {Illicit}, {Leisure}.] 1. Authority or liberty given… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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