I noticed it in many poems that the verses do not contain words according to proper grammar rules. I was told that poets are allowed to do that to incorporate the rhyming words.

For example, in the famous Daffodils, it is written:

And then my heart with pleasure fills

instead of

And then my heart fills with pleasure

There are other examples in the same poem, but it is a very common construct I have noticed.

What is it called?

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    Poetic license, as Chris says. But it is worth pointing out that there is no violation of grammar rules involved here at all. This is merely about conventional prose word ordering vs less conventional poetic word ordering. English grammar allows for lots of variation in word order. Some are just more conventional than others.
    – user16226
    Nov 5, 2017 at 15:55

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This is called poetic license. Although the more familiar use of the term is to depart from the facts for a better sounding story or phrase, the use of it to mean departure from standard grammar and syntax is arguably the more foundational one, as attested by this entry in the Encyclopedia Britannica:

Poetic license, the right assumed by poets to alter or invert standard syntax or depart from common diction or pronunciation to comply with the metrical or tonal requirements of their writing. https://www.britannica.com/art/poetic-license

  • Someone likes the term poetic license so much that there is a shoe brand name.
    – Farhan
    Nov 3, 2017 at 16:10

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