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Saturday, June 15, 2013

palinode

\PAL-un-nohd\ , noun;
1.
a poem in which the poet retracts something said in an earlier poem.
2.
a recantation.
Quotes:
He writes albas for both sexes, and in the Sonnets repents of his love poetry, writing his palinode, in true medieval fashion.
-- C. S. Lewis, "Donne and Love Poetry," Selected Literary Essays, 1969
"I shall trim their jackets for them, Mrs. Dods, if you can but bring tight evidence of the facts — I will soon bring them to fine and palinode — I will make them repent meddling with your good name."
-- Sir Walter Scott, St. Ronan's Well, 1823
Origin:
Palinode entered English in the 1600s, and comes from the Greek palinoidia meaning "poetic retraction." It shares the root palin with the word palindrome.
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