Romanticism Definition

A poem about nature and love while having emphasis on the personal experience.


Romanticism is a type of poem that expresses a love for nature. Originating during the Romantic Era towards the end of the 18th century, romantic poetry became a well-known way for poets to add to the literature of this very important philosophical movement that made a splash in various art forms including novels, poetry, architecture, and art.

Romantic poetry became prominent after the Industrial Revolution, and its subject matter was typically a return to nature, and denial of the emerging technologies and urbanization of much of Europe. William Wordsworth was a very famous romantic poet and included vivid descriptions of flowers and landscapes in his poetry. Most notable is his poem The Daffodil.

Regarding its poetic form, romantic poetry has no set rules or meters, but rather it must praise nature and its sublime beauty. It is a very beautiful and peaceful movement in poetry and there are many great poems to be read from these times where attitudes were changing and conventions were challenged. 

Romanticism Poem Example

Silvia
by William Shakespeare

Who is Silvia? What is she?
That all our swains commend her?
Holy, fair, and wise is she;
The heaven such grace did lend her,
That she might admired be.

Is she kind as she is fair?
For beauty lives with kindness:
Love doth to her eyes repair,
To help him of his blindness;
And, being help'd, inhabits there.

Then to Silvia let us sing,
That Silvia is excelling;
She excels each mortal thing
Upon the dull earth dwelling:
To her let us garlands bring.

Top 5 Romanticism Poem Examples

PMPoem TitlePoetFormCategories
Premium Member Poem ONLY EVER WITH YOU Guillermo, Olive Eloisa Romanticisminspiration, life, love, relationship,
Premium Member Poem The day I became a poet One, Silent Romanticismlove, romance,
Premium Member Poem It Rained That Day Robinson Jr., Freddie Romanticismfeelings, love, marriage, rain,
Premium Member Poem The True Knight Williams, Maria Romanticismlove, romance, sensual,
Premium Member Poem Silence of the stars One, Silent Romanticismlove, romance,

Other Romanticism Definition

[n] impractical romantic ideals and attitudes
[n] an exciting and mysterious quality (as of a heroic time or adventure)
[n] a movement in literature and art during the late 18th and early 19th centuries that celebrated nature rather than civilization; "romanticism valued imagination and emotion over rationality"


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Synonyms

romance

Antonyms

classicism

Misc. Definitions

\Ro*man"ti*cism\, n. [CF. It. romanticismo, F. romantisme, romanticisme.] A fondness for romantic characteristics or peculiarities; specifically, in modern literature, an aiming at romantic effects; -- applied to the productions of a school of writers who sought to revive certain medi?val forms and methods in opposition to the so-called classical style. He [Lessing] may be said to have begun the revolt from pseudo-classicism in poetry, and to have been thus unconsciously the founder of romanticism. --Lowell.

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