Louis Belmontet, a French poet, born at Montauban, March 26, 1799. He is the son of a Sardinian soldier who gallicized his name of Belmonte and settled in southern France. He early glorified the Bonaparte dynasty, and his ode on the funeral of Napoleon I. (1821) passed through several editions. In Paris he acquired prominence among the followers of Victor Hugo by his poems Les tristes (1824), Le souper d'Auguste (1828), and by his tragedy, in conjunction with Alexandre Soumet, Une fete de Neron (1829), which met with great success and was reproduced in 1861. For a time he supported himself as a teacher in Paris, and though he opposed Louis Philippe, and continued to worship the Napoleons, especially in an ode L'Empereur n'est pas mort (1841), he accepted an office from the king, and in 1846 a decoration for his Nombres d'or (2d ed., 1855), a didactic poem. From 1852 to 1870 he was a member of the chamber of deputies. He has written biographies of Louis Napoleon and Joseph Bonaparte, and edited the memoirs of Queen Hortense, and has composed over 20 odes in honor of imperialism and its achievements.

His other productions include Le luxe des femmes et la jeunesse de l'epoque (1858), Lumieres de la vie (1861), and Poesies des larmes (1865).