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The Rhyme Lists  | BY THEME | NOW THAT'S FUNNY! | AUDIOS/VIDEOS | COPYRIGHTED POETRY | Theme:  Temperance Movement

Poetry has always been a vehicle for commentary on social issues and for the motivation of political forces.  The social and political issues surrounding the consumption of alcoholic beverages serves as a prime example of this tradition.  The following poems all come from an era when vast political movements erupted in the U.S. and Europe to curb the unregulated saloon industry, the point of commerce for the vast majority of the “adult beverages” sold in those days -- circumstances that were indeed in need of reform.  The Temperance Movement reached its apex with the ill-fated prohibition of the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages in the United States from 1917 to 1934.  For my views on the responsible use of wine and other adult beverages, see the introduction to the themes Defending Wine and Praising Wine.
- S. H. Bass  

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For Wine:

A Satisfactory Reform by Ellis Parker Butler 

Ballade Of The Absent Guest by Richard Le Gallienne

Ballade To A Departing God by Richard Le Gallienne

In My Vineyard by Bayard Taylor

In Praise of Wine: A Heroic Poem by Hilare Belloc

Ode For A Social Meeting (With alterations) by Oliver Wendall Holmes 

The Deluge by G. K. Chesterton    A/V

The Song of Right and Wrong by G. K. Chesterton

The Wine Drinker by Clement Clarke Moore

Tobacco Next by Richard Le Gallienne

Wine and Water by G. K. Chesterton 

Against Wine:

A Glass Of Wine by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A Tumbler Of Claret by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In The Cup by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Origin Of The Liquor Dealer by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Two Glasses by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Water Drinker by Clement Clarke Moore

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