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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.
Origin of poetic license
1780-90 Unabridged
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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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