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Romanticism challenged the neo classical emulation of classical literature and valuing of order, reason, balance and restraint.

Romanticism privileged:

the imagination, subjective experience, the individual and innovation every day language and individual styles humanity, especially childhood. Virtue was corrupted by society nature distinguished by mystical or sublime qualities was the antithesis of materialism the individual self , self analysis, individual expression of emotions, inner self isolated, alienated and unappreciated poet, hero or heroine freedom of spirit including Gothics privileging of the grotesque, violence ,decay, the supernatural

(Adapted from Murfin, R. The Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms. p 352 Bedford Books. Boston 1998)