I'm definitely a romantic (in the classical sense). Or at least, I try to be. JMW Turner is my man.
I place heavy emphasis on technique, but little emphasis on rules. I value movement, so I try to minimize state wherever I can. Maybe that's why I dig functional languages and tango.
My codebases tend to spread wide versus deep, and my classes tend to stay light and fluid.
I'd describe my code as aspirational. It seeks sublime, and perhaps unattainable goals (TrafficGod, SeatGod). I get as close as I can, though. As with Turner, I will sketch before applying finger to keyboard. Maybe one day I'll approach his 30,000 sketches.
Never thought about my code like this before.