poetic licence

poetic licence
N-UNCOUNT
If someone such as a writer or film director uses poetic licence, they break the usual rules of language or style, or they change the facts, in order to create a particular effect.

All that stuff about catching giant fish was just a bit of poetic licence.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • poetic licence — ► NOUN ▪ departure from convention or factual accuracy for artistic effect …   English terms dictionary

  • poetic licence — noun An allowable departure from strict fact, rule or logic for the sake of effect, as frequently occurs in poetry • • • Main Entry: ↑poet …   Useful english dictionary

  • poetic licence — po.etic licence BrE poetic license AmE n [U] the freedom that poets and other artists have to change facts, ignore grammar rules etc, because what they are making is poetry or art …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • poetic licence — noun Any departure from convention or from factual accuracy taken by a writer to achieve a desired effect See Also: artistic licence …   Wiktionary

  • poetic licence — /poʊˌɛtɪk ˈlaɪsəns/ (say poh.etik luysuhns) noun licence or liberty taken by a poet in deviating from rule, conventional form, logic, or fact, in order to produce a desired effect …   Australian-English dictionary

  • poetic licence — noun departure from convention or factual accuracy in order to create an artistic effect …   English new terms dictionary

  • poetic licence — noun (U) the freedom to change facts, not to obey the usual rules etc, that is allowed to poets and other artists …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • poetic licence — UK / US noun [uncountable] the freedom to change facts or events or to ignore rules when you are writing something, in order to communicate your meaning more clearly …   English dictionary

  • poetic — poetic, poetical In general, poetic is the more common word, but choice is often dependent on personal preference or on sentence rhythm. There are, however, a few fixed expressions, e.g. the poetical works of, poetic justice, poetic licence …   Modern English usage

  • licence — li|cence W2S3 BrE license AmE [ˈlaısəns] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(document)¦ 2¦(agreement)¦ 3¦(freedom)¦ 4 artistic/poetic licence 5¦(excuse)¦ 6 licence to print money ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1.) ¦(DO …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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