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In the Waiting Room

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.

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