Biography of Alphonse de Lamartine (1790-1869)

Writer and French politician, born in Macon and died in Paris. When he finished the studies he moved to Italy, specifically to Naples; This experience was faithfully reflected in his work, ranging from the Bay of Baia (1813) to Graziella (1849), and his love life. On his return to Paris, he was a career diplomat. His personal charm led him to lead a frivolous life, with love as Julie Charles and Lena de Larche. The first diplomatic missions took him to Naples and Florence. The work of poetic meditations (1820) was well received in both romantic and conservative, inaugurated a lyrical model capable of joining the reader with his work in an ephemeral complicity. His language is poor in instruments; it reduced the complexity of the myth in favor of communication, and is the musicality of the verse what really stands out in the talent of Lamartine. He married Elisa Birch and devoted himself to politics. He composed in 1830 poetic and religious harmonies which introduced religious poems and lyrical loving, making it one of his best works, together with Jocelyn (1836) and the fall of an angel (1838). By this time he was elected Deputy, and achieved a great popularity by his speeches about universal peace, the foundlings, and freedom of expression. With the publication in 1847 in history of the Girondists Lamartine anticipated the events of 1848, which was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Republican government. He abandoned politics after the coup led by Napoleón III. During the following years, for being able to eat, had to make reprints, write down memories and a family serial literature course.