One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A poem in which the poet retracts a view or sentiment expressed in a former poem.
- ‘The first recorded use of a palinode is in a poem by Stesichorus in the 7th century BC.’
- ‘But although it revises the spiritual meaning of paralysis, East Coker is not a palinode of Eliot's earlier work.’
- ‘But any poem of retraction can be called a palinode these days without following this form.’
- ‘Although the term ‘abuse’ in the title emphasizes moral censure, the poem does not read like a puritan palinode but seems to compete against Lyly's Euphues, which had appeared a few months earlier.’
Late 16th century: via Latin from Greek palinōidia, from palin ‘again’ + ōidē ‘song’.
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