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Palinode (Literary Definition)


Palinode Details:
  • A palinode is a poem (or song) which retracts some earlier statement by the poet.
  • Derives from the Greek palinoidia, from palin (again) + oide (song).
  • It's the same palin (again) that shows up in the word palindrome.
Modern Usage of Palinode:
"The more lighthearted palinodes were more successful, such as Geoff Horton's recantation of his youthful view that a martini should be shaken rather than stirred."
Jaspitos; I Take It Back; The Spectator (London, UK); Jan 24, 2004.
Famous writers who have used palinodes:
  • Augustine
  • Bede
  • Cambrensis
  • Gelett Burgess
  • Geoff Horton
  • Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Giraldus
  • Jean de Meun
  • Ogden Nash
Image: by mrshawnliu (cc)
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Augustine - Bede - Cambrensis - Gelett Burgess - Geoff Horton - Geoffrey Chaucer - Giraldus - Jean de Meun - Martini - Ogden Nash - Oide - Palin - Palindrome - Poem - Poet - Retract

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