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

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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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCahiers Victoriens et Edouardiens
Early online date1 Nov 2016
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Nov 2016


  • Glasgow
  • poetry
  • broadside
  • newspaper
  • temperance
  • Scottish

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