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Is there a single word equivalent to poetic for prose?

So instead of having a poetic license you would have a "prosetic" license??

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I don't think it's what you're looking for in this context, but you might want to look up prosody. – Bradd Szonye Apr 20 '14 at 23:51
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You probably want "prosaic" although it is generally used with its pejorative connotations:


Having or using the style or diction of prose as opposed to poetry; lacking imaginativeness or originality

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Great! Strangely enough, even though "prosaic" is a great answer, your answer is not prosaic! – Gary's Student Apr 19 '14 at 22:23
@Gary'sStudent Although "prosaic" is indeed the "prose equivalent" of "poetic," I don't think the phrase "prosaic license" is really what you're looking for unless you're trying to be sarcastic and imply that the person writing the prose is not taking enough creative license. (At least, that's how I'd interpret the phrase.) – Kyle Strand Apr 19 '14 at 23:36
@KyleStrand YES...that is why I like prosaic license , a double-edged sword with a tiny twist of humor. – Gary's Student Apr 19 '14 at 23:42
@Gary'sStudent Well, in that case, perfect! – Kyle Strand Apr 19 '14 at 23:49

Yes, several! A relevant Wikipedia entry on Artistic License.

Artistic License

Artistic license (also known as dramatic license, historical license, poetic license, narrative license, licentia poetica, or simply license)

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I like narrative license. – Gary's Student Apr 19 '14 at 22:17
Also "creative license." – Kyle Strand Apr 19 '14 at 23:31

prose can be an adjective also.

a prose license

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Thanks! I did not realize that. – Gary's Student Apr 19 '14 at 22:21
Yes, prose can be an adjective. No, it does not make sense in this context; it sounds like you've been officially licensed to write prose. – Kyle Strand Apr 19 '14 at 23:31

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