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palinode

Line breaks: pal¦in|ode
Pronunciation: /ˈpalɪnəʊd
 
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Definition of palinode in English:

noun

1A poem in which the poet retracts a view or sentiment expressed in a former poem.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.1A retraction of a statement.
Example sentences
  • In his palinode Socrates corrects both his message and his character.
  • The ‘hot rampageous horses of my will’ clearly alludes to Socrates' palinode in The Phaedrus, but Auden, in contrast to Socrates, speaks of at least two unruly horses.
  • There can be no doubt that he intentionally left his former student's vindication of Sparta unanswered, thereby giving rise to what some have called a palinode: an apparent retraction of the argument of the discourse proper.

Origin

late 16th century: via Latin from Greek palinōidia, from palin 'again' + ōidē 'song'.

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