After rocking out like a wild animal (kidding), I found it was rather relatable how I was able to understand the message in a more modern-day time. Normally, I do not listen to Iron Maiden, and I was not keen on the definition of romanticism. I have come to realize that these past couple years, I have been on a quest in search of spiritual awakening and deeper understanding. That ties in with romanticism. It is not only the nature I search, but also the metaphors, the hidden messages in readings. With the Iron Maiden song, the visuals place someone out at sea, sometimes in rough waters. There are ghoul-like or zombie creatures constantly shown. That may be reminding us of our mortality.
I found particularly interesting how I came across a statistical breakdown of music genre a couple of years ago. The results were that Rock and Roll was largely the most listened to with a percentage of about 33%. Then there was hip hop with 9% and classical with 1% for reference. That goes to show that for romanticism to be to the common man, it must target the largest audience. Thus, it was an effective choice for the song to be played by Iron Maiden. It is not to say that romanticism cannot be composed through classical music, but we all know that that is more of a niche (and privileged) audience.