Walt Whitman was a transcendentalist. He eulogised the Self. " The Song of Myself " is one of his epic poems. He wondered at Space, Time and Death, the three modes thorough which the Universal expresses Itself
Swiftly I shrivel at the thought of God
At Nature and her marvels - Space, Time and Death !
Then I turn to Thee , O Actual Me,
Lo! Thou gently masterest the orbs
Thou smilest content with Death
And fillest swellest the vastnesses of Space !
From this verse, it is clear that Walt Whitman had philosophic knowledge as he understood the relationship of individual Self to the Supreme Self ! Thee is Actual Me !