Larger Than Life


The Romantic Hero

Romantic heroes lives in a world larger than the one they occupy space in. Romanticizing, or exaggerating, things is a way to represent ideas as grander than they are, as opposed to, say, a ‘realistic’ description.

A romantic hero goes about life grief-stricken or mirth-filled, rarely sad or happy. They moralize, talk in metaphors and are generally fun to write because the perspective they bring to the party is often visually and linguistically pleasing.

Love and death are often romanticized. Romanticizing is an exercise in overstatement, a process where you repeatedly highlight a point rather than mute it.

Consider She Walks in Beauty by Byron:

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

Example

If I had to romanticize something, I’d romanticize loneliness. I would relate it to a soul-crushing life-altering despondence.

He could say that he was lonely but that did not quite capture the emotional Goliath that rose in his heart. He was at the end of the world, facing a cliff in all directions and the sky offered little chance at light. No, he was stranded in an abyss, neither falling nor rising, just existing.

Exercise

Write a short entry (max. 1000 words) which has a romantic hero romanticizing about something. The entry must be complete, which means that cliffhangers and rants are a strict no.

A few tips:

  • A romantic hero need to romanticize everything in the world: people rarely do. But they should have one lofty idea about something.

  • Romanticism is exaggeration, so pay attention to your language.

Prompts

Here are a few prompts to get you started. You can choose to ignore these and write your own ideas.

  • We have never really experienced love until we have experienced loss.

  • In the last lap of the Grand Prix, the leading racer reflects on journeys and victories.

  • She just won the Pulitzer but has she truly created art?

Further Reading:

  • The Romantic Poets

Author: Ayush

I love writing, and this blog serves as a slow growing collection of all my writing endeavours.

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