Geoffrey Chaucer was an exponent of the palinode]

A palinode or palinody is an ode in which the writer retracts a view or sentiment expressed in an earlier poem. The first recorded use of a palinode is in a poem by Stesichorus in the 7th century BC. Here he retracts his earlier statement that the Trojan War was all the fault of Helen.

The word comes from the Greek παλιν ("palin", meaning 'again') and ωδη ("song"); the Latin equivalent "recantation" is an exact calque ("re-" meaning 'again' and "cant-" meaning 'sing').

It can also be a recantation of a defamatory statement in Scots Law.


Chaucer's Retraction is one example of a palinode.

Late in his life, Gelett Burgess wrote this of his famous "Purple Cow":

:Ah, yes! I wrote the "purple cow",:I’m sorry now I wrote it!:But I can tell you anyhow,:I’ll kill you if you quote it!

Ogden Nash wrote a palinode in retaliation to his most famous poem about the dandiness of candy, and quickness of liquor:

:Nothing makes me sicker:than liquor:and candy:is too expandy

Palinodes have also been created by many medieval writers such as Augustine, Bede, Giraldus Cambrensis, Jean de Meun and others.

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  • palinode — index retraction Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 palinode …   Law dictionary

  • Palinode — Pal i*node, n. [L. palinodia, from Gr. ?; pa lin again + ? a song. See {Ode}.] 1. An ode recanting, or retracting, a former one; also, a repetition of an ode. [1913 Webster] 2. A retraction; esp., a formal retraction. Sandys. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • palinode — (n.) 1590s, from M.Fr. palinod (16c.), from L. palinodia, from Gk. palinoidia poetic retraction, from palin again, back (see PALINDROME (Cf. palindrome)) + oide song (see ODE (Cf. ode)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • palinode — [pal′ə nōd΄] n. [MFr palinod < LL palinodia < Gr palinōidia < palin, again (see PALINDROME) + ōidē, song: see ODE] 1. an ode or other poem written to retract something said in a previous poem 2. a retraction …   English World dictionary

  • palinode — /ˈpælənoʊd/ (say paluhnohd) noun 1. a poem in which the poet retracts something said in a former poem. 2. a recantation: *The {Ern Malley} hoax was no tomfoolery. It was a grimly earnest palinode of modernism. –peter coleman, 1999. {Late Latin… …  

  • palinode — n. 1 a poem in which the writer retracts a view or sentiment expressed in a former poem. 2 a recantation. Etymology: F palinode or LL palinodia f. Gk palinoidia f. palin again + oide song …   Useful english dictionary

  • palinode — noun Etymology: Greek palinōidia, from palin + aeidein to sing more at ode Date: 1579 1. an ode or song recanting or retracting something in an earlier poem 2. a formal retraction …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • palinode — palinodist, n. /pal euh nohd /, n. 1. a poem in which the poet retracts something said in an earlier poem. 2. a recantation. [1590 1600; < LL palinodia < Gk palinoidía a singing again, especially a recanting, equiv. to pálin again, back + oid(é)… …   Universalium

  • palinode — noun A poem in which the author retracts something said in an earlier poem. The more lighthearted palinodes were more successful, such as Geoff Hortons recantation of his youthful view that a martini should be shaken rather than stirred. <! …   Wiktionary

  • palinode — Synonyms and related words: English sonnet, Horatian ode, Italian sonnet, Petrarchan sonnet, Pindaric ode, Sapphic ode, Shakespearean sonnet, abjuration, abjurement, alba, anacreontic, balada, ballad, ballade, bucolic, canso, chanson, clerihew,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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