Born in Macon in 1790, poet and politician, Alphonse Marie
Louise de Lamartine will remain one of the great,if not the
greatest, lyric poet of the century.
Never has somebody so deeply expressed the inmost feelings
of the soul.
His first lyric book, named the" Meditations poètiques"
brought him a huge celebrity and the young generation of
romantic poets admitted him as the master.
Lamartine was elected at the french academy in 1829.
In 1821, he entered the diplomatic service in Naples, then
became secretary in the London Ambassy.
In 1830,he received the charge of chargé d'affaires in Italy
(Tuscany). Then plenipotentiary Ministere in Greece,
Lamartine resigned when the king Louis-Philippe acced to the
On february 24th, 1848 he played a great part in the
resolutions taken in the Chamber of Deputies when a temporary
government was elected.
In this government, Lamartine was Ministry of the Foreign
Office, but his popularity fell rapidly because of the
repressive measures. His bitter defaet at the presidential
elections on december 10th, 1848,stopped his politic career.
Broken and debt,Lamartine wrote autobiographic essays to pay
his debts ( les Confidences,1849 - Graziella 1852).
The whole distress of the poet can be seen in his glance on
this picture taken by Paul Berthier about 1865. lamartine
died in a complete lack of interest on february the 28th,
1869, victim of an apoplectic stoke.