Definition of palinode in English:



  • A poem in which the poet retracts a view or sentiment expressed in a former poem.

    ‘But although it revises the spiritual meaning of paralysis, East Coker is not a palinode of Eliot's earlier work.’
    • ‘Although the term ‘abuse’ in the title emphasizes moral censure, the poem does not read like a puritan palinode but seems to compete against Lyly's Euphues, which had appeared a few months earlier.’
    • ‘The first recorded use of a palinode is in a poem by Stesichorus in the 7th century BC.’
    • ‘But any poem of retraction can be called a palinode these days without following this form.’



/ˈpaləˌnōd/ /ˈpæləˌnoʊd/


Late 16th century via Latin from Greek palinōidia, from palin ‘again’ + ōidē ‘song’.