When Wordsworth at the beginning of the next stage wished to do so he wrote The Growth of a Poets Mind meaning the growth of his own mind, his personal development. Conformity leads naturally to a certain amount of formality, to the acceptance of pre-determined standards and patterns of conduct so Classicism accepts conventions like the unities of time, place, and action in the theatre, and the triumph of romantic drama is marked by the overthrow of these conventions. Similarly, English Neo-classical poetry perfects and uses almost exclusively the heroic couplet, but English romantic poetry has a building variety of forms. A classical craftsman is expected to be fully conscious of every detail of his work and in complete control of it. Emotion is always consciously controlled and kept subordinate to the writers general purpose, whereas, with the romantic writers, the display of emotion may become the primary purpose and the assumption is that the emotion which is uncontrolled must be very strong and hence admirable.
Oh for a life of sensations rather than of thoughts! exclaimed Keats in one of his letters. Wordsworth defined poetry, as the spontaneous overflow of ones emotions. There is also an opposition between the static and the dynamic, as found in the classical and romantic works respectively. The classical writer is more likely to be concerned with permanent aspects of things, while the romantic tries to catch transcend aspects or moods. Although, the qualities of both are found in every work of art. The contrasts are based actually on matters of emphasis. So, the period after the restoration till the publication of the Lyrical Ballads is regarded as the Neo-classical period and the period after that till the death of Walter Scott is regarded as the romantic period.