Whitman is like a human document, or a wonderful treatise in human self revelation. It is neither art nor religion nor truth: Just a self revelation of a man who could not live, and so had to write himself.
D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885–1930), British author. letter, Dec. 22, 1913. The Letters of D.H. Lawrence, vol. 2, eds. George J. Zytaruk and James T. Boulton (1981).
In his essay on Whitman in Studies in Classic American Literature, Lawrence wrote of, "This awful Whitman. This post-mortem poet. This poet with the private soul leaking out of him all the time. All his privacy leaking out in a sort of dribble, oozing into the universe."