Sermoniser is an important institution/character of classical Urdu poetry. We come across him along with other such institutions/characters like a drunkard, lover, and beloved. He preaches for maintaining honesty and purity and speaks against drinking wine and indulging in sensual activities. Interestingly, he himself falls a prey to follies that he preaches against. This is why a sermoniser becomes an object of satire, as well as of laughter in poetry. Here are some interesting couplets that bring this character alive to you.