Night Thoughts

Night Thoughts

Edmund J. Sullivan


Sartor Resartus, Page 25

Sullivan here refers to Young's "Night Thoughts," the perfect poem to characterize one side of Tuefelsdröckh, and by depicting him looking out of a window into the night, he draws upon a characteristically romantic and Victorian image -- that of a person, most often a woman, looking contemplatively out a window, thus symbolizing the soul's existence trapped inside the body, which is one of Carlyle's main emphases.

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