b'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 intoTraumatic Experiences211'