English 11 – Differences Between Neo-Classicism and Romanticism

Romanticism
Stressed emotions and imagination

Neo-Classicism
Stressed reason and common sense

Neo-Classicism
Respected human institutions of church and state

Romanticism
Exalted nature in all its creative and destructive forces

Romanticism
Sought a more natural poetic diction and form

Neo-Classicism
Followed formal rules and diction in poetry

Romanticism
Believed in spontaneity of though and action

Neo-Classicism
Believed in order in all things

Neo-Classicism
Wrote about objective issues that concerned society as a whole such as politics and religion

Romanticism
Wrote about subjective experiences of the individual, such as desires, hopes, and dreams

Neo-Classicism
Maintained traditional standards

Romanticism
Believed in experimentation

Romanticism
Celebrated intense passion and vision

Neo-Classicism
Exercised controlled wit

Neo-Classicism
Focused on adult concerns, primarily those of the ruling class

Romanticism
Reflected on the experiences of childhood, primitive societies, and the common man