The author of “Change in American Indian World Views …” is not only a teacher and student of poetry, but is also a poet who writes about his heritage. It is appropriate that he chose to compare traditional songs and the contemporary pleas of American Indians. A poet can be and is described as “one who is especially gifted in the perception and expression of the beautiful or lyrical.” Poetry is the art or work of a poet. If we follow these views of poet and poetry, then we would have to place both of the categories of which the author is speaking in the clear realm of poetry.

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