What details in "Rip Van Winkle" reveal a romantic fascination with the past and nature?

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The opening paragraph reveals a romantic, though not uncritical, fascination with nature: the Catskill mountains are described as "noble" and "magical." These are called "fairy mountains." We remember that the Romantics were fascinated both by the beauty and redemptive power of nature and by the magical as an antidote to overly rationalistic Enlightenment thinking. 

Irving's romantic fascination with the past is revealed as well in the opening paragraphs as he describes the quaint houses of the early Dutch settlers in idealized terms. They were

built of small yellow bricks brought from Holland,...

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The centre theme for romantic literature is a admiration of the natural environment. The fact that Rio Van Winkle left the city and venture towards unexplored landscapes and explore the rugged mountains , where he underwent some life-changing and inexplicable experiences, which is a common romantic plot for most stories.

Rip was very troubled with his wife and decided to break free from the stressing city life, mainly his past and explore new frontiers, new future and destiny, so he has no choice but to break free from the modern society and “stroll away into the woods.”

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