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Lamartine, Alphonse Marie-Louis Prat De

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, Alphonse Marie Louis de Prat de 1790–1869.


French romantic poet who served briefly as minister of foreign affairs (1848).

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French poet. He wrote romantic poems, including Méditations poétiques/Poetical Meditations (1820), followed by Nouvelles méditations/New Meditations (1823), and Harmonies poétiques et religieuses/Poetical and Religious Harmonies (1830). His Histoire des Girondins/History of the Girondins (1847) helped to inspire the revolution of 1848. Lamartine was the first to sound a more personal note in his poetry and to establish a direct bond between himself and his public. A distinguished orator, he entered the Chamber of Deputies 1833 and served as a deputy for several years. He was a leader in the revolution and became minister of foreign affairs in the provisional government in 1848. He was defeated in the presidential election by Louis-Napoleon (Napoleon III). Diplomatic career Lamartine was born in Mâcon and followed fam...    Continue Reading
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