Definition of Romanticism

In the beginning of 19th century, Romantic Movement appeared in England in the form of literary changes. Romantics changed all literary infrastructure, merits, diction of literature and introduced new thing/ category. Apart from literary changes, romantics want changes in society, they were against the slavery, social imbalance and prevailing social traditions. In facts, they are affected from French Revolution 1789 and excited as well because they want individual freedom for all human beings.


Definition of Romanticism is a controversial topic. There is absence of a unique and consensus type of Definition. Every literary person and critic defined it in his own way. That's why we are unable to find a single and authentic definition. However!F.L Lucas, in his book The Decline and Fall of Romantic Ideal.[ 1948]He approximately enumerated 11396 definitions about romanticism, none of them is out of target. Some of those definitions are given here.

Era of  romanticism or romantic movement is 1798-1832.Wordsworth,Shelley,Byron, and 
Coleridge are the Romanticism Authors/prominent characters.Romanticism summery is described here.

·         According to Theodore Watts-Dun ton:

The romantic Revival is equivalent to the Renascence of Wonder’

·         According to Walter Peter:

The romanticism means the addition of strangeness to the beauty whereas classicism is an order in beauty.

·         Another literary persons Schlegel declares

·         romanticism is a liberalism in Literature’’

·         F.L Lucas, considers

 Romanticism a wholly wooly term fit for slaughter.


what is simple Definition of Romanticism?Romanticism meanings in English in short form is narrated.Romanticism philosophy is also described. 

In the light of above,romanticism has different means and definitions among literary men. Romanticism also means different things in different countries even in the same country it applied in different ways, in England Wordsworth ,Coleridge,Shelley,Keats and Byron all belong to romantic age. But we see how different Wordsworth and Byron from one another.However,One thing is very interesting here all poets and writers of romantic age may different from one another but their focus and target is the same. All took a war against Taboos, social authority and also took a strong war against traditional literary authority, new classical School of poetry of Dr Johnson, Dryden and pope etc.It is very delighting thing to note that the maxim Tit for Tat perfectly proved true, romantics school of thought took a strong rebellion war against new classical School of thought and traditional poetic ideology of 18th century, the same way new classical School of thoughts like Dr. Johnson, Pope and Dryden had  also committed a revolt against their previous literary age.