WEST HILLS - English honor students from Saint Mary's High School took an educational field trip today to see the West Hills home where celebrated poet Walt Whitman was born in 1819.

The young writers couldn't come to Whitman's birthplace without learning the basics of creating poetry. Published poet Yolanda Coulez spoke to the students about writing "object poems."

"We encourage them to use their different talents for the good of society," says teacher Eileen McMahon. "I'm hoping they will emulate Whitman and persons like him."

Whitman was known for his innovative poetry and his desire to know about the latest events happening in the world. He was also the founder of the Long Islander newspaper, which is still in circulation today.