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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.]
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(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]
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(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:
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Compare the following stanzas, from a kind of palinode, "1870-1871," years of the Franco-German war and the Parisian Commune:--
(27) Both Bergin and Mazzotta have noted that the first sonnet is a palinode, and, as Bergin states, "not at all original" (Bergin, Petrarch, 173).
(13) On the other hand, there is much that might be thought of as a deliberately 'reverse-Wordsworthianism', a writing back, a palinode, to Wordsworthian optimism.
example, "Palinode" alludes to an "ancient forgotten ruse
Aracoeli is far from a nihilistic palinode, both because of its successali subversive nature and ambiguity (Fortuna and Gragnolati, 2009: 17) and because of its successful integration of the issues stemming from a troublesome relationship with the body in the mimetic, thematic and structural constraints imposed by the narrative discourse and the novelistic form.
In argumentatively productive digressions, Shell discusses the interesting classical associations of the names "Helena" and "Hermia," the idea of the relevance of the palinode to "the context of religious conversion and apostasy" (90), and the associations of fairy lore with Catholicism and of popery with popular superstition.
But Logic's light doth shine outright: her streams do flow so far From Kings' abode to Palinode, from sheepcote unto star, No reason then why monkish men should keep her from abroad Of idle fools, oppressed in schools, and always overtrod.
(52.) See Sebastian Sobecki, "Lydgate's Kneeling Retraction: The Testament as a Literary Palinode," Chaucer Review 49 (2015): 265-293.
In contrast, the reasoning part in each of the tripartite accounts of the soul in Republic 4 and Socrates' palinode in the Phaedrus, respectively, seems to be devoted either to practical rationality alone or to both practical rationality and knowledge of forms.
Corbett also follows Ascoli's call to read the Commedia 'beyond the palinode,' lending to an innovative re-reading of the region of Ante-Purgatory as a reworking of the dualistic theoretical concerns presented in the Convivio.
(13) However, in his "palinode" Barthes redefines the punctum, emphasizing its temporal impact: "I know that there exists another punctum (another 'stigmatum') than the 'detail.' This new punctum, which is no longer of form but of intensity, is Time" (Camera 96).