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Edward Volpe

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As a lyricist is there a literary basis (justification) for using the term cited above in the following lyric line even though it's use is not currently in dictionary usage: to wit:
' A world sorely stressed as civil unrest gains sway" The point being in this context that civil unrest is gaining the upper hand, is on the upswing in societal structure. Thanks to anyone out there who can weigh in on this.
 
  • Edward Volpe

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    Welcome.:)
    I'm not sure what you mean. It may be a little old-fashioned but it isn't archaic or obsolete. I daresay I've used it over the years in formal writing. Here are just a few examples of it in context (ludwig). Admittedly, this is 'gain sway over something' but I see no reason not to use as you have above.
    Thank you. So it's a matter of judgement I suppose. I guess it comes down to, will the listener get the sense of the line.
     
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