If a joyous elephant should break forth into song, his lay would probably be very much like Whitman's famous "Song of Myself." It would have just about as much delicacy and deftness and discrimination.
Willa Cather (1873–1947), U.S. novelist. originally published in the Nebraska State Journal (Jan. 19. 1896). repr. In The World and the Parish: Willa Cather's Articles and Reviews, 1893-1902, vol. 1, ed. William M. Curtin, University of Nebraska Press (1970).
Written four years after Whitman's death, Cather's commentary also acknowledges that there is "a primitive elemental force" about him that she finds appealing.