From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
A palinode or palinody is an ode in which the writer retracts a view or sentiment expressed in an earlier poem. The first recorded use of a palinode is in a poem by Stesichorus in the 7th century BC. Here he retracts his earlier statement that the Trojan War was all the fault of Helen.
Chaucer's Retraction is one example of a palinode.
Late in his life, Gelett Burgess wrote this of his famous "Purple Cow":
- 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!
- Nothing makes me sicker
- than liquor
- and candy
- is too expandy