How we can understand the idea of "freezing the moment of time" in the Romantic period's poems?

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The Romantic poets were idealistic, and they wanted to celebrate beauty, nature and love. 

Freezing moments of perfection is a common theme.  It occurs in the poetry of John Keats, in "A Thing of Beauty," the poet reminds the reader that:

"A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
"They name thee before me,
A knell to mine ear;
A shudder comes o'er me
Why wert thou so dear?
They know not I knew thee,
Who knew thee too well:
Long, long shall I rue thee
Too deeply to tell." (Keats)

Love, like beauty can be fleeting, or in the eye of the beholder.  Love's perfection is also celebrated by the Romantic Era poets, because they examine human experience, expression and the depths of emotion.

A perfect moment of love, or beauty should be enshrined, or frozen in time, particularly for the Romantics because the world they inhabited was dominated by the Enlightenment theories of reason.  

Love and beauty have nothing to do with reason, or logic it is all emotion based, its about feelings.  

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