Poetical Meditations Additional Summary

Alphonse de Lamartine


(Critical Survey of Literature for Students)

Birkett, Mary Ellen. Lamartine and the Poetics of Landscape. Lexington, Ky.: French Forum, 1982. Places Lamartine’s poetry in the tradition of landscape description, focusing on his descriptive techniques. There is no specific section devoted to Poetical Meditations, but material from the collection is quoted extensively throughout the work.

Boutin, Aimeé. Maternal Echoes: The Poetry of Marceline Desbordes-Valmore and Alphonse de Lamartine. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2001. Feminist and psychoanalytical critique of maternal imagery in the two poets’ works. Argues that both poets found their own voices by echoing their mothers’ voices.

George, Albert Joseph. Lamartine and Romantic Unanimism. New York: Columbia University Press, 1940. Analyzes Lamartine’s work in terms of his ideas concerning philosophy and his views on politics and history. An extensive index directs the reader to comments on the Poetical Meditations.

Lamartine, Alphonse de. The “Méditations poétiques.” Edited by David Hillery. Durham, England: University of Durham Press, 1993. An introduction to a selection from the poems, this volume includes brief essays on the social, political, literary, and technical background to the poems, as well as the themes of love and death, religion, and nature.

Lombard, Charles M. Lamartine. New York: Twayne, 1973. This volume presents a standard approach to Lamartine’s life and work accompanied by a useful chronology of his life and a selected bibliography. Chapter 2 introduces, summarizes, and comments on the importance of Poetical Meditations.

Scott, Clive. The Poetics of French Verse: Studies in Reading. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998. Discusses the use of rhyme, accent, syllable, and other “expressive resources” of French verse. Provides interpretive readings of several French poems, including selected poems of Lamartine.