While going over the Enlightenment and the main idea of the importance of reason during class, I couldn't help but think how important it is to understand the difference between the Enlightenment and Romanticism.
Romanticism was in general a reaction against the Enlightenment, which I think is something many can't grasp. Romantics valued intense emotion, and overdone characteristics. The romantics lived in a very unrestrained world, while the Enlightenment thinkers valued more of tradition. The enlightenment showed the strong importance of reason while romanticism showed more imagination and enjoyment. I think it's important to understand the difference between the two movements and it's brilliant influence.