It is difficult for the artist to live without Romanticism. If he does not introduce it into his works, he introduces it into his life; if he does not introduce it into his life, he preserves it in his dreams... When one has gotten rid of Romanticism, one has generally lapsed into a distressing dullness.
- PIERRE REVERDY, Gant de crin, 1926 (Longyear vi)
Romantic work is] that kind of composition in which the artist freely
gives himself up to the dominion of the imagination, considering all
means as good, provided they produce effect. The grand requisite, therefore,
in the romantic, is virtually to declare that the writer is not deficient
in this quality, and that he has produced something piquant and new.
It is to be doubted that many composers would venture to employ so dangerous
a term, if they knew its true value.
--The Harmonicon 1830 (Longyear vi)