ro·man·ti·cism /roˈmæntəˌsɪzəm, rə-/
Ro·man·ti·cism n. A fondness for romantic characteristics or peculiarities; specifically, in modern literature, an aiming at romantic effects; -- applied to the productions of a school of writers who sought to revive certain medi░val forms and methods in opposition to the so-called classical style.
He [Lessing] may be said to have begun the revolt from pseudo-classicism in poetry, and to have been thus unconsciously the founder of romanticism. --Lowell.
n 1: impractical romantic ideals and attitudes
2: a movement in literature and art during the late 18th and
early 19th centuries that celebrated nature rather than
civilization; "romanticism valued imagination and emotion
over rationality" [ant: classicism]
3: an exciting and mysterious quality (as of a heroic time or
adventure) [syn: romance]