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poetic license

noun
1.
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.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90
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  • It's all a matter of poetic license, but then this is supposed to be science.
  • The illustrator took the artist's poetic license one step further.
  • Students can discuss the way in which specific details of the event may give way to poetic license.
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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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Encyclopedia Article for poetic license

the right assumed by poets to alter or invert standard syntax or depart from common diction or pronunciation to comply with the metrical or tonal requirements of their writing.

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