NaPoWriMo: The Eighteenth-Century Coffee House

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He asked for coffee, that bitter brew

and then joined me at the table,

asking, “What news have you? What news?”


At Hogarth’s they say Quid Novi? when asking for the news.

Here it’s plain English speech as we consume our brew

We speak of war and the latest plays, call to another table


Drink more coffee from the pot, and gather round the table,

discuss our lives, our wives, science, and some news,

we’ll talk, laugh, and pamphlet glance, sip the stimulating brew


We’ll brew a bit of rebellion here–or table it—just debate the news.


NaPoWriMo, Day 7  Today’s Prompt: Write a Tritina.  So I did.

I found this article on London Coffee houses. I was amused to read about a coffee house where the patrons were asked to speak only in Latin.




11 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo: The Eighteenth-Century Coffee House

  1. I loved this lively coffee house scene–and then it was fun to realize that it was a tritina (introduced to me by Jane D — perhaps I’ll try it again )

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