'The Drunkard's Raggit Wean' : Broadside culture and the politics of temperance verse

Blair, Kirstie (2016) 'The Drunkard's Raggit Wean' : Broadside culture and the politics of temperance verse. Cahiers victoriens et edouardiens, 84. ISSN 2271-6149

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Abstract

This article examines the circulation of a well-known temperance poem and song by Glasgow poet John Crawford, ‘The Drunkard’s Raggit Wean’, considering its function as a broadside and its reprinting in the newspaper press and other venues. It argues for the significance and continued popularity of broadsides in the mid-Victorian period, and highlights the importance of temperance verse in this period’s popular culture.