What are the characteristics of the Romantic school of literature?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that there are some fundamentals of all literature that hails from the Romanticist school of literature.  In my mind, the most fundamental element would be the emphasis on the subjective voice of experience.  The Romantic thinker and the literature that comes from out of it is one that emphasizes the personalized and the individualized experience.  For Romantics, the notion of the self receives the most amount of emphasis.  Along these lines, Romantic thinkers were also very passionate about the natural setting and the realm of nature.  Finally, I think that another characteristic of Romanticism would be how the individual is set apart from the social order.  Romantic thinkers like to praise the individual as being distinct from society, which they saw as conformist and an element that denied individual identity.