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    In class on Friday, we earnestly discussed the meaning of the poem "The Word Plum". As we looked at the imagery presented by the poem, several people suggested that the word "plum" perhaps did not mean the object "plum" but rather was a metaphor. Others, however, argued that the word "plum" simply stood for the small, purple fruit. In my Native American Literature class, we are looking at various works of Native American authors. Throughout our study, we have commonly found a debate between the value of written and spoken word. Perhaps what the Native Americans deemed written could be equivalent to simply the word "plum" referring to the fruit. Spoken word, though, accompanied by voice inflections and subtle undertones, is analogous to "plum" standing for more than just a plum. 

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