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WALT WHITMAN
Walt Whitman, an American poet, essayist,
journalist, and humanist, was part of the
transition between Transcendentalism and
realism, incorporating both views in his works. His
work was very controversial in its time,
particularly his book Leaves of Grass, which was
described as obscene for its overt sexuality. The
death of his mother caused great pain for
Whitman. This left him feeling extreme isolation
and depression. In the poem Prayers of Columbus
he wrote, “I am too full of woe! Happily I may not
live another day; I cannot rest O God, I cannot eat
or drink or sleep, Till I put forth myself, my prayer,
once more to Thee.”
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a child prodigy with a
musically brilliant ear, incredible memory, and a
melodic inventive mind, composed over 600
musical works. After two of his closest friends and
his dearly loved father died in the same year,
Mozart threw himself into his work. But he could
not endure the sadness and began to slip into