The Romanticist Movement

A follow up to the guides to both the Modernist and Realist Movements, following the features of the Romanticist Movement.


The Romanticism movement originated in Europe towards the end of the 20th century, characterised by its emphasis on emotion and individualism, as well as its glorification of time and nature; with most romantic writers wrote in reaction to the industrial revolution.

In literature, Romanticism found recurring themes in the evocation of emotion and/or criticism of the past. Writers often focused on their isolation as an artist and their respect for nature.


Romanticism may also be understood as a mindset. The writers of this period were identified by their determination to use their art to convey emotion and/or provoke an emotional response from their audience. Romanticism also involved breaking away from the past; consciously moving away from the old ideals and traditions and in doing so, romanticists fundamentally changed their audiences attitudes and views towards nature, emotion, reason and the individual.

Cloud Study - John Constable 1822


Romanticist texts can often be identified by the key features and characteristics of the period:

- Writers often focused on the emotions and thoughts of the narrator

- A prevalent focus within these texts was the celebration of nature, imagination and the

beauty of the world

- Writers often wrote about their rejection of industrialisation, organised religion, rationalism

and social convention

- Romanticist writers often portrayed an idealisation of women, children and rural life

- A common feature was also the frequent use of personification



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