What would be considered Themes of Romanticism?
Surprising, Romanticism did not concern itself with themes so much as relationships. By that is meant that "themes" implies a mental, intellectual agenda, while Romanticism was concerned with “the spontaneous overflow of powerful emotion,” quite a different thing. But setting aside this subtlety, the “recurring image clusters” of Romantics are: first, aligning our present, temporal life with its cosmic, timeless origins (“Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting”); second, recognizing the power of Nature in our understanding of Beauty (My heart leaps up when I behold/A rainbow in the sky”), and, third, the relationship between the rhythms and seasons of Nature and human cycles of pain and happiness, life and death, fear and faith. Here is a poem by a little-known Romantic poet, William Savage Landor (1775-1864),that sums up much of what might be considered the themes of Romanticism:
"Dying Speech of an Old Philosopher"
I strove with none, for none was worth my strife:
Nature I loved, and, next to Nature, Art:
I warmed both before the fire of Life;
It sinks; and I am ready to depart.