It is not at all like the romantic plays of Shakespeare, for example, and it follows few, if any, of the traditions of the French Romantic period.
It is a spark of genius, growing out of French literary tradition, but not tied to any school.
The romantic attitude is quite different from the restrained neoclassical attitude.
Reason, order, balance are earmarks of neoclassicism, while a wild, free exuberance is characteristic of romanticism.
When critics said that Cyrano heralded a revival of the Romantic movement, or Romanticism, they were referring to a revival of this period.
In actual fact, Cyrano was not a revival or a copy of the Romantic period plays; it is far superior to most of them.
Instructor continues to teach the difference for sake of preparing students who may encounter academic uses of the romance narrative in the future or the few who will remember it when they watch pop-culture narratives like action-adventure or science fiction movies, or read pop-culture narratives like popular novels or graphic novels.
Intellectual outcome: Romance is the essential narrative of popular literature, and since popular literature succeeds primarily on a surface level instead of an intellectual or critical level, only a few people can be expected to know or care, but they should!
Episodes in the narrative may involve trials, tests, or ordeals in which desire or vision or protagonist is tested.
The conclusion of a romance narrative is typically transcendencegetting away from it all or rising above it all.