Alphonse de Lamartine

(1790 - / Mâcon, Burgundy)

Biography of Alphonse de Lamartine

Alphonse de Lamartine poet

Alphonse Marie Louis de Prat de Lamartine (French: [alfɔ̃s də lamaʁtin]; 21 October 1790 – 28 February 1869) was a French writer, poet and politician 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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The West

The sea grew silent like a seething bowl
That falls as the flame dwindles; backward led
Her waves still fuming in their wrath did roll
As seeking sleep in her unfathomed bed;

And the spent sun-star in his cloudy race
Stayed on the waves a rayless orb that sank,
Then plunged one half of his ensanguined face,
A flaming ship that the horizon drank;

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