Romantic poetry emphasizes natural, emotional and personal themes, it values intuition over reason, and it idealizes country life. Romantic poets preferred writing in colloquial language rather than the consciously poetic language of previous eras.
Beginning in the mid-18th century, Romanticism was a philosophical, literary, artistic and cultural reaction against the prevailing Enlightenment ideals exalting reason and science. In "Preface to Lyrical Ballads,” published with Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1798, Romantic poet William Wordsworth defined the new style of poetry as “the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings” tempered by deep thought. Other prominent English Romantic poets include George Gordon (Lord Byron), Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Keats and William Blake.