It was April 6, 1889, in Victoria’s England. Robert Browning, aged 76, was attending a party hosted by artist Rudolf Lehmann.
Colonel Gouraud brought out an Edison Talking Machine. At the company’s behest, Browning began reciting his poem, “How They Brought the Good News From Ghent To Aix”, but his memory lapsed.
“I’m sorry,” he stated. “I can’t remember me own verses, but one thing that I shall remember all me life is the astonishing…by your wonderful invention.”
He died on December 12 that year at the home of his son . Browning was the first poet whose voice was recorded for posterity.
The photo prompt was provided by Roger Bultot. As always, Rochelle guides us weekly through Friday Fictioneers.