Persuasion shows Romanticism through the way the love of the two protagonists, Anne and Wentworth, transcends time and convention: the two are separated for seven years after Anne refuses Wentworth's first marriage proposal, but their love remains steadfast throughout the separation. Anne rejects Wentworth at first because her aunt advises it would be imprudent to marry a many whose financial future is so uncertain. Anne, however, learns over time that it is better to put love ahead of financial caution, a Romantic notion.
The novel, however, also critiques Romantic excess. Captain Benwick, for example, mourns excessively over his dead bride. Anne finds this troubling and engages in long conversations with him. The two, who both love to read, refer to the Romantic poet Byron and to such poems of his as "The Giaour" and "The Bride of Abydos." Anne suggests to Benwick that too much immersion in such literature can have a negative effect on an already melancholic mind.
Nature imagery is abundant in Persuasion, and gaining solace from nature is very much a Romantic theme. At the seashore in Lyme, for instance, Austen alludes to "Kubla Khan," a sexually charged poem by the Romantic poet Coleridge, when she writes of a "deep romantic chasm" and "dancing rocks." Anne also finds solace in autumn landscapes and the beauty of the seashore.
While Austen reveals her reading of popular Romantic poets of her time, shows Anne's love of nature, and illustrates romantic love triumphing over prudence, she, as always, tempers this with realism and rationality about what it takes to live practically in this world. After all, the Wentworth Anne agrees to marry for love at the novel's end is a much richer man than he was when she turned down his first proposal.