Walt whitman was an american poet and a essayist and journalist. He was a part of the transition between transcendtalism and realism. He incorporated both in his work. This is because of his style of writing and his message behind each story. His work was very controversial in its time. Whitman worked as a journalist, a teacher, a government clerk, and in addition to the publishing of his poetry he was a volunteer nurse during the American Civil War. One of the poems that I liked was Crossing Brooklyn Ferry.