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1. A poem in which the author retracts something said in a previous poem.
2. A formal statement of retraction.

[From Late Latin palinōdia, from Greek palinōidiā : palin, again; see kwel- in Indo-European roots + ōidē, song; see parody.]


(ˈpælɪˌnəʊd) or


1. (Poetry) a poem in which the poet recants something he has said in a former poem
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) rare a recantation
[C16: from Latin palinōdia repetition of a song, from Greek, from palin again + ōidē song, ode]


(ˈpæl əˌnoʊd)

1. a poem in which the poet retracts something said in an earlier poem.
2. a recantation.
[1590–1600; < Late Latin palinōdia < Greek palinōidía=pálin again, back + ōid(ḗ) ode]
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A formal statement of disavowal:
References in classic literature ?
Compare the following stanzas, from a kind of palinode, "1870-1871," years of the Franco-German war and the Parisian Commune:--
Even Philip Roth, the creator of Alexander Portnoy and Mickey Sabbath and Nathan Zuckerman, has turned in his late-late period into a moist elegist of his boyhood Newark; his recent books all read like palinodes.
One thinks of the literary palinodes that print authors have created--Fielding producing in Amelia a more serious vision than he allows us to have in Tom Jones of what dangers lie in store when one marries a reformed rake, or Dickens creating the noble Jew Riah in Our Mutual Friend as an antidote to his villain Fagin in Oliver Twist.
Just as the tradition of Helen is characterized by palinodes, Atwood revises her earlier representation of Helen as Zenia in "Helen of Troy Does Counter Dancing," included in her poetry collection, Morning in the Burned House.
The final section of Bonnet's book, while less rewarding, still yields valuable insights into Huysmans's self-sabotaging fictions, dialogic narratives in which characters disagree with themselves, books which enact the desecriture of earlier books whose premises are contradicted, palinodes in which categorical assertions entail their inevitable retraction.