poetic license: to change or exaggerate facts to make something more interesting or artistic
Plants Make Sounds When They Need Help – Are They Crying?
According to one science magazine, “Stressed Plants ‘Cry’— and Some Animals Can Probably Hear Them.” While plants might not “cry,” they do make sounds when they’re in trouble. Researchers discovered that thirsty or injured plants can make up to 35 sounds per hour. Healthy plants make only one sound per hour. These sounds are very high-pitched, so most humans can’t hear them. But some animals, like bats, mice, and moths, might be able to.
Some say we should be careful not to give human-like emotions to plants. But taking some poetic license isn’t always bad. Describing plants could help people feel more connected to the natural world. It might also encourage interest in protecting our environment.
In the future, learning more about plants “crying” could also help farmers care for the health of their plants by listening to them.
1. Sometimes, filmmakers take poetic license when adapting true stories to make them more interesting.
2. Popular science writers sometimes take poetic license when explaining complex ideas to a general audience.
3. The writer used poetic license when describing the sunset as a symphony of colors.