Can u write an outline " i.e.the main points" about the Romantic Background/period..

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  1. The height of the Romantic period was during the 18th century - 1701 to 1800, more or less.
  2. Romanticism was a broad-spectrum movement across the arts - literature, art, music, etc.
  3. Romanticism was a philosophy opposed to the scientific, rational ideas of the Age of Enlightment.
  4. Romanticism valued emotion over reason.
  5. Romantic writing, art, music, etc. was therefore much more dramatic and less controlled - horror stories, gothic novels, imagination, focus on the exotic and unusual, impromptu music - were all earmarks of Romanticism.
  6. Creativity was valued, heroes were larger than life.
  7. Both the American and French Revolutions took place during this period - revolutionary ideals were  emphasized over rational thoughts.
  8. Nature was celebrated; philosophy was idealistic; emphasis was put on the individual; fantasy was important; feelings and emotions were celebrated rather than stifled.
  9. Romantic composers were Beethovan, Chopin, Wagner; artists were those like Goya who led the way into symbolism and impressionism; writers were those like Goethe, Wordsworth, Mary Shelly and Emily Bronte, who focused on nature, emotion, love and fear.
  10. American Romantic writers included Emily Dickinson, Emerson, Hawthorne, Washington Irving, Longfellow, Melville, Poe, Thoreau, Whitman. 

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