In the Waiting Room
by Elizabeth Bishop
Analysis: What's Up With the Title?
The title sets the scene of the poem, which takes place in the waiting room of a dentist's office. It's kind of a strange place to set a poem. It's somewhere you go just to, well, wait for something else to happen. It's an uncertain place, and it can be a little scary, especially if you can hear cries from inside the dentist's office while you're waiting.