No - the person who wrote that stated that writers could certainly allow themselves poetic license:
That in itself, Aidan, attempts to portray that a person has "gone against" what is the standard, what is the correct way to do things.
What does "technically" mean. It simply provides cover for a set of artificial standards that this person holds to. If we can allow that an imperative can have a presumed subject, it does, our natural rules tell us that, then is it that much of a stretch to allow that there is also some measure of elision with "Again"?
Yes, of course we need these bits of terminology as a way for us to be able to discuss the ways of language, but they aren't the guidelines of "good". No one has to grant us poetic license
to use our language for we all know the rules of our language.
Those things that exist in books that are described as rules are merely descriptions of how we use language and they have to take into consideration the circumstances surrounding that use. The prescriptions, even when they've had a measure of accuracy, demanded a "one size fits all". That's hardly the measure of truth.
I do it myself - I overuse the dash when I write because that's how I would speak- in run on sentences.
How could you possibly be "overusing" the dash when you use it precisely in the manner to effect the very thing you're trying to effect?
To determine this "overuse", where would the prescriptivists run but to a style manual. But which one, they all have conflicting advice, and would it even have an entry for such a use.
No. these are aimed at formal/academic writing, yet, correct me if I'm wrong here, what guidelines do people use to determine what's "correct"?
Merry, did you not run to a source [even if it was old memory] that stated, erroneously, that 'data' was the plural of 'datum'?
A strong sense of prescription pervades everyone's feelings on language. If someone is "corrected" for using what is a completely natural usage, [there's one now] they immediately assume what? that they've made a mistake.