What are the characteristics of the high romantic?

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I'm guessing that you are asking about literary Romanticism, such as Coleridge's. Some characteristics of Romanticism are:

a delight in the past/the Gothic/the medieval

orientalism/interest in the exotic

primitivism

anti-intellectualism

sentimentalism/enjoying emotion for its own sake

humanitarianism

democracy/hostility to monarchial authority

originality/diversity

confessionalism

belief in the purgative purpose of art (for the artist)

love of nature, especially the wild and picturesque

glorification of the commonplace

In part, Romanticism was a response to the Industrial Revolution's more mechanical, urban world. This new world created a hunger for intense personal emotion, fantasy, mystery and heroes.

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