How They Brought the Good News from Ghent to Aix is an 1838 poem by Robert Browning. Browning wrote it while at sea, sailing from London to Trieste. The work itself describes an imaginary incident following the historical event of the Pacification of Ghent.
The poem was parodied by W. C. Sellar and R. J. Yeatman in their book Horse Nonsense as "How I Brought the Good News from Aix to Ghent (or Vice Versa)".
In 1889, Browning attempted to recite the poem into a phonograph at a public gathering, but forgot the words; this is the only record of Browning's voice.
- ^ Robert Browning, John William Cunliffe. Robert Browning: Shorter Poems; Selected and Ed. with Introduction and Notes. C. Scribner's Sons, 1909. Pages 188-190
- ^ Sherrin, Ned. Introduction. 1066 and All That: A Memorable History of England. By W. C. Sellar and R. J. Yeatman. 2nd ed. Avon; The Bath Press, 1940.
- ^ How they Brought the Good News From Ghent To Aix - an extract at the Poetry Archive; published 2010; retrieved May 1 2013