A palinode or palinody is an ode or song that retracts or recants a view or sentiment to what the poet wrote in a previous poem.
The first recorded use of a palinode is in a poem by Stesichorus in the 7th century BC, in which he retracts his earlier statement that the Trojan War was all the fault of Helen.
Palinodes have also been created by many medieval writers such as Augustine, Bede, Giraldus Cambrensis, Jean de Meun, Andreas Capellanus, Guittone d’Arezzo.
In 1895, Gelett Burgess wrote his famous poem, the Purple Cow:
I never saw a purple cow.
I never hope to see one.
But I can tell you anyhow
I’d rather see than be one.
Later in his life, he followed it with this palinode:
Ah yes, I wrote the purple cow!
I’m sorry now I wrote it!
But I can tell you anyhow,
I’ll kill you if you quote it!
- Odgen Nash once quoted: “Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.”
Ogden Nash wrote a palinode in relation to his most famous poem about the dandiness of candy, and quickness of liquor:
Nothing makes me sicker
is too expandy
- Here is another poem by Monica Youn.
a bird / falls off / a balcony / panicked grasping / fistfuls of / air
I was wrong
please I was
wrong please I
wanted nothing please
I don’t want
The writing challenge is to write a palinode. This can be in relation to a poem you have written before (please link or include prior poem), or as part of poem e.g. Palinode by Monica Youn.
- Write a poem based on the writing challenge as described above. Post it on your blog or website.
- Enter your name and direct link to your poem in Mr. Linky.
- Follow the links to other poets. Read and comment on other poems. We all appreciate feedback on our poems.
- Link back to dVerse so others can find us too.
- Have fun!
See you in the poetry trail! Grace
Welcome to another challenge! I hope you have fun writing a palinode.
Hello Grace and All. I got a little nervous when I read the challenge but after choosing the original to write to, things fell into place. Thank you for the fun challenge, Grace. It rained all last night and is still raining today, which means the next warm day will burst with blossoms. Heading off to run chores and will be back later to read.
I got a little nervous too searching and reading back my poems for a retraction. Whew, thanks for joining in the fun. Today it is a bit cold here but spring is going stronger each day. Our daffodils and blue iris are blooming. See you in a bit.
Daffodils and blue iris sound so pretty together.
Loved the prompt, Grace! 💝 I was especially enamored by Gelett Burgess and his poem “The Purple Cow.” Heading over to read and comment 🙂
May I have a cappuccino?
Hi Sanaa. Here is a cappuccino for you. I think we have some leftover sponge cake from the Poetics prompt too. Enjoy!
I read that poem of the purple cow and it was funny.
Thank you! Yes, it was delightful 😀
Helen Dehner said:
Fascinating challenge, Grace! Thinking cap on ~~~~
Helen, I look forward to reading yours!
Good evening dVerse poets, and thank you Grace for a very challenging prompt . Sadly, I’ve had a headache all day and will only hang around at the bar for a while. But I will be back ion the morning to read and comment.
Kim, I hope you feel better soon. See you in the poetry trail.
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Hello… this was challenging really… I tried my hand at writing both poems at once, there are simply too many poems in my backlog to find one.
Hi Bjorn, I was overwhelmed with trying to find one too for retraction. The poetic style of Monica works well with your poem. Cheers!
Thank you Grace, for an interesting and challenging prompt. I have enjoyed retracting one of my poems, and look forward to reading everyone else!
Looking forward to reading yours as well.
And big Thank you Ingrid for being our gracious host in our Poetics prompt (Tuesday and Wednesday). A lot of responses, which I am still trying to read, smiles.
It was a real pleasure, thank you. And I’m pleased there is some cake left over!
this was a good promt for me it has made me dig out one of the first poems i ever posted .
i have put a link to the first one just under the link for here. please let me know if i have got them muddled. i still have some reading to do from monday and tuesday see you when i have caught up.
Thanks for joining us. I am still reading some poems from Tues & Wed too!
Say Whaaaaat?!? Disagree with ANYTHING I’ve already written?!? Well, I NEVER!
Maybe just this once…
Ha..ha… Thanks for joining in the fun!
T.J.S. Sherman said:
I had actually written a palinode for a poem later in the week, but I enjoyed writing that one so much I thought I’d take another pass at the style. Thanks for the challenge!
You can write as many as like. Thanks for joining in.
What an interesting challenge, Grace. Thank you!
You are welcome. I found it interesting too. Will be reading the poems in a bit.
Hi all, happy Thursday, It’s out 32nd wedding anniversary today (5/6/89)! Fascinating prompt Grace, thank you — and thank you for hosting. I tossed this around and came up with a recantation of the possible attitude of some things I’ve written — but not the substance, not the words. I really don’t write what I don’t believe. I have years (1,000’s) of pieces I have written, completed and drafts. I will keep digging, perhaps back into my youthful song/poetry writing days of the 60’s and 70’s. I may put up a second link if I find something?
Sure. For Poetic prompts, you can write as many poems as you like. I agree, it can be challenge to dig back to our poems before. Of course, hopefully time has given us a better perspective of things and life.
Now this is an interesting style. Again, I love how you poets here at the bar give such delightful history lessons as you provide prompts. I’ll give it a go, maybe. Let’s see what I can think of…
Great that you like our prompts. We mix up the learning with a bit of fun when writing our poems. Thanks for joining in.
nice one Grace, I like a different challenge … found a post at random and recanted it!
Good for you. It was hard for me to pick one of my old poems. I will be hitting the reading trail in a bit.
no rush, time zones are different and we still have a life ..
Also, I like your response but have noted that your blog does not allow for comments.
yes only keeping a few posts open for comments each week, takes the pressure off everyone .. thanks Grace!
ben Alexander said:
Interesting to know about that. Thanks for joining in.
ben Alexander said:
I’m here for all of your heretically Jewish needs 😉
I almost gave up on this one, but then I figured out something!
Thanks for joining in. The diversity of our community is something else.
Linda Lee Lyberg said:
Good Morning Grace and All- Thank you for hosting Grace, and what a challenging exercise! I have never written a palinode before, and I hope I did it right. I included the original poem on my post as well.
Your poem was beautifully done Linda. I think for most of us, this was our first time to write one. Have a good weekend!
Linda Lee Lyberg said:
You too Grace!
I had never heard of a Palinode before.. thanks for introducing us!!
Thanks for joining in. Have a good weekend.
You, too, Grace.
Thank you for introducing us to a new form, Grace. I enjoyed writing to this challenge.