26 Facts About Lamartine


Alphonse Marie Louis de Prat de Lamartine, was a French author, poet, and statesman who was instrumental in the foundation of the Second Republic and the continuation of the Tricolore as the flag of France.

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Lamartine is famous for his partly autobiographical poem, "Le lac", which describes in retrospect the fervent love shared by a couple from the point of view of the bereaved man.

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Lamartine wrote Histoire des Girondins in 1847 in praise of the Girondists.

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Lamartine made his entrance into the field of poetry with a masterpiece, Les Meditations Poetiques and awoke to find himself famous.

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Lamartine was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1825.

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Lamartine worked for the French embassy in Italy from 1825 to 1828.

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Lamartine was elected as a member of the Chamber of Deputies in 1833.

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Lamartine, who was a former monarchist, came to embrace democratic ideals and opposed militaristic nationalism.

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Lamartine was briefly in charge of the government during the turbulence of 1848.

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Lamartine was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 24 February 1848 to 11 May 1848.

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Lamartine was instrumental in the founding of the Second Republic of France, having met with Republican Deputies and journalists in the Hotel de Ville to agree on the makeup of its provisional government.

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Lamartine himself was chosen to declare the Republic in traditional form in the balcony of the Hotel de Ville, and ensured the continuation of the Tricolour as the flag of the nation.

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Lamartine subsequently retired from politics and dedicated himself to literature.

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Lamartine published volumes on the most varied subjects especially during the Empire, when, having retired to private life and having become the prey of his creditors, he condemned himself to what he calls "literary hard-labor to exist and pay his debts".

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Lamartine ended his life in poverty, publishing monthly installments of the Cours familier de litterature to support himself.

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Lamartine is considered to be the first French romantic poet, and was acknowledged by Paul Verlaine and the Symbolists as an important influence.

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Leo Tolstoy admired Lamartine, who was the subject of some discourses in his notebooks.

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Lamartine used themes and materials of the Levant and the Bible to create plotlines, heroes, and landscapes that resemble an exotic Oriental world.

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Lamartine had a particular interest in Lebanon and the Middle East.

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Lamartine was so influenced by his trip that he staged his 1838 epic poem La Chute d'un ange in Lebanon.

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Alphonse de Lamartine as quoted in "A Priest" by Robert Nash on Catholic priests:.

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Lamartine takes the child from its mother's arms, and parts with him only at the grave.

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Lamartine is one whom innocent children instinctively venerate and reverence, and to whom men of venerable age come to seek for wisdom, and call him father; at whose feet men fall down and lay bare the innermost thoughts of their souls, and weep their most sacred tears.

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Lamartine is one whose mission is to console the afflicted, and soften the pains of body and soul; to whose door come alike the rich and the poor.

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Lamartine belongs to no social class, because he belongs equally to all.

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Lamartine is one, in fine, who knows all, has a right to speak unreservedly, and whose speech, inspired from on high, falls on the minds and hearts of all with the authority of one who is divinely sent, and with the constraining power of one who has an unclouded faith.

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