History 120 (10:20am)
Brewing a Renaissance
Coffeehouses became a huge part of social culture in Europe during the late 1600s through the mid-1700s. These coffeehouses were a place for any man to come and enjoy Europe’s new favorite drink, coffee, while discussing public affairs, religion, literature, sciences, and issues of the modern days. Not only did coffee become an alternate beverage to alcohol but it gave way to a new world where people could freely speak their minds and be considered equal in terms of expressing their views.
On any given day you could find a wide variety of men gathered around a table in London’s coffeehouses. They would be calm ...view middle of the document...
The government and nobles thought it was unnecessary for these lower class people to need to know anything but with coffeehouses that changed. At a coffee table a noble could be sitting with a farmer to one side and a composer to the other side. The diversity of the customers allowed for a broad range of topics to be discussed which lead to more involvement on state/public issues for everyone.
The understood rules of what is expected from a gentleman in a coffeehouse could tell us what Europe was like during this time period. It seemed apparent that the people were eager to be involved in social affairs more than ever before therefore quality discussions were desired. The average intellect and reading competency had increased so people were able to express and share ideas easier than before. This time in history also included a bigger middle class than ever before which made it possible for more people to afford the time and money to buy a drink at these tables of discussion in the coffeehouses.
Another thing that this poem shows us is the attitudes of the community towards gender equality. It seems as if women weren’t considered in the invitation to these coffeehouses. The second part of the poem refers to keeping all relationship issues and love stories out of the common discussion. This probably...