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Romance or romantic usually refers to romance (love), love emphasizing emotion over libido. It may also refer to:


  • Hellenistic romance, or Ancient Greek romance, a modern term for the genre of the five surviving Ancient Greek novels
  • Chivalric Romance, a genre of medieval and Renaissance narrative fiction
  • Romance (music), a type of ballad or lyrical song
    • Romancero, the corpus of such Spanish ballads, or a collection of them
    • Romance (meter), a metric pattern found in Spanish ballads
  • Romanticism, or the Romantic period/era, an artistic and intellectual movement in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, including
    • Romantic music, the musical style used by Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Wagner and other late 18th and 19th-century composers
    • Romantic poetry, the poetic style used by Schiller, Blake, Keats, Wordsworth and other late 18th and 19th-century poets
    • Romanticism in science, a movement in science during the Romantic period
  • Romance novel, a genre of novel that focuses on romantic love
  • Romance film, a genre of film of which the central plot focuses on the romantic relationships of the protagonists
  • Romantic comedy film, a hybrid genre of film centered on a comic romantic relationship
  • Shakespeare's late romances, the later plays of Shakespeare that mix tragic and comedic elements


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Classical genres and compositions[edit]




  • "Romance", a song from the musical The Desert Song
  • "Romantic" (song), by Karyn White
  • "Romance", a track on the album Light & Shade by Mike Oldfield
  • "Romance", a pop waltz written by Gordon Lightfoot and released on his 1983 album Salute
  • "Romance", a song by R.E.M. originally released on the soundtrack of the 1987 film Made in Heaven

See also[edit]

Note: the following entries are arranged in an etymological tree.