Romanticism can be seen as a rejection of the precepts of order, calm, harmony, balance, idealization, and rationality that typified Classicism in general and late 18th-century Neoclassicism
in particular. It was also to some extent a reaction against the Enlightenment and against 18th-century rationalism and physical materialism in general. Romanticism emphasized the individual, the subjective, the irrational, the imaginative, the personal, the spontaneous, the emotional, the visionary, and the transcendental.
Sunday, October 01, 2006
Encyclopedia Brittanica on Romanticism
The article on Romanticism at the Encyclopædia Britannica, here, is usefully succinct on some of the major aspects. A quotation: