- a poem in which the poet retracts something said in an earlier poem.
- a recantation.
Origin of palinode
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Related Wordsabjuration, abnegation, about-face, abrogation, annulment, contradiction, denial, disclaimer, nullification, recall, recantation, repudiation, reversal, revocation, withdrawal, disavowal, volte-face
Examples from the Web for palinode
He sent for all his servants, even the piggard-boy, to come and heare his palinode.Brief Lives (Vol. 2 of 2)
The 1647 edition contains two poems, The Return and Palinode, which stand to each other in a curious relation.
The lines in roman type are those of The Return, those in italic belong to Palinode.
This criticism of the "Gate of Paradise" sounds even to the writer of it profane, and demands a palinode.Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3
John Addington Symonds
Afterwards, falling in love with a lady, he closes these sonnets with a palinode.
- a poem in which the poet recants something he has said in a former poem
- rare a recantation
C16: from Latin palinōdia repetition of a song, from Greek, from palin again + ōidē song, ode
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Word Origin and History for palinode
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