There are many romantic elements present in 'RIP Van Winkle'.
Romanticism refers to a style used by the author that focuses on imagination and emotion.
Washington Irving's 'RIP Van Winkle' is a story that is set before and after American Revolution.
In the whole story, Irving seems to be fascinated by nature and admires its beauty. He glorifies the natural world. He also talks about freedom and life at countryside away from war and industrialization. He describes the beauty of nature by addressing 'Hudson' river as lordly and uses personification to describe nature's beauty. For instance , he calls the sky clothed in blue and purple clouds.