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A movement in the arts and literature which originated in the late 18th century, emphasizing inspiration, subjectivity, and the primacy of the individual. Romanticism was a reaction against the order and restraint of classicism and neoclassicism, and a rejection of the rationalism which characterized the Enlightenment. Writers exemplifying the movement include Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats.

Subjects: Literature.


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