|Tintern Abbey by JMW Turner|
As a movement it began as a reaction to Enlightenment, a period of scientific discovery and invention that set the ball rolling for the Industrial Revolution. Some people, then as now, feared that industrialisation would over run the country and destroy the beauty of the British countryside. The natural intuitive instinct of man was prized by the Romantics over rationalism. They valued ingenuity, authentic authorship and inspiration above laborious repetition and recording of data.
So I am a contradiction. I love science, particularly physics, and yet I hanker for the realm of the imagination, the lone individual rising above to create works of heroic individuality. I have an enlightened head and a romantic heart!