Here now the first bit:
Individuality is a by-product of the romantic era. Self-definition, self-invention, adolescence or the time to fine oneself, the idea that the best path to faith is through individual choice all of these things are products of romantic celebration. This and the whole notion of the individual at the expense of society and tradition.
There is no doubt the romantics were driven by sentiments of affection, sorrow, romantic longing and that their art evoked all manners of irrational scenes designed to pull strong emotions but it was not all silly and tender. The romantics explored the conflicts between moral and sensual values. They also passionately defended reason and the individual rights to pursuit happiness.
Do not dismiss the art for both Blake and Fuseli exemplified what it was to be romantic without too much of the sweet.
So much to do and so little time but you be patient with me for I'll call on you very soon.
My love, my care,