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Romanticism was the dominant aesthetic movement of the late eighteenth century and continued to shape European intellectual and artistic life throughout the nineteenth century. Romanticism had its roots in Neoclassicism’s praise of reason, with its corollary emphasis on the value of the individual as the source of knowledge. Thus, both Neoclassicism and Romanticism are aspects of the important shift in Western intellectual history known as the Enlightenment, which gave rise to modern democratic and liberation movements, new literary forms such as the novel , and the notion of the artist as a prophet or bard who stands outside of society and as such, has a valuable perspective for the rest of us. Romantics admired what they saw as the democratic ideals of ancient Greece rather than the imperial ones of ancient Rome.


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