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palinode: A poem in which the writer recants a statement made in a previous poem. The practice of writing palinodes was common in Classical and Renaissance literature. The most famous palinode in English is Chaucer’s Legend of Good Women, written, as Chaucer tells us, to atone for the story of false Cressida.

[From Beckson and Ganz, Literary Terms: A Dictionary, FS&G, 1975.]

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