The model of Rome and confident optimism of reason soon give way to a dark pessimism after the idealistic promise of the revolution - particularly in Europe - fails to be realized. Turning more to the passionate side of human nature, the Romantic explores the irrational the mysterious even the macabre. The history that inspired was not the dispassionate Apollonian of a Classic Age, but rather the murky shadows of a Dark Age. And what history didn't provide, the Romantic would find within the darkest side of his instinct.
Perhaps, at the heart of this proud Romantic individual was a crisis of self confidence. Were any of us truly rational creatures capable of being in control, or were we simply slaves to our urges living a life "swinging between misery and boredom?"
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