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Poetic justice the fact of experiencing a fitting or deserved retribution for one's actions; the phrase is often found as an allusion to Pope's The Dunciad (1728).

poetic licence the freedom to depart from the facts of a matter or from the conventional rules of language when speaking or writing in order to create an effect; originally, as a quotation from Byron's Don Juan (1819).

See also Poetic Edda.

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