I am not blind to the worth of the wonderful gift of “Leaves Of Grass”… I am very happy in reading it, as great power makes us happy… I give you joy of your free and brave thought. I have great joy in it. I find incomparable things said incomparably well, as they must be. I find the courage of treatment which so delights us, & which large perception only can inspire… I rubbed my eyes a little, to see if this sunbeam were no illusion; but the solid sense of the book is a sober certainty.
Ralph Waldo Emerson in a letter to Walt Whitman, dated July 21, 1884.