Questions of Travel
by Elizabeth Bishop
Questions of Travel The Home Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Line)
There are too many waterfalls here; the crowded streams
hurry too rapidly down to the sea, (1-2)
In its first lines, the poem sets up a subtle distinction between "here" (where the speaker is and has travelled to) and the home she will mention later. She implies that there are not too many waterfalls at home. One point for home.
Think of the long trip home.
Should we have stayed at home and thought of here?
Where should we be today? (13-15)
Now the questions begin. Should the speaker be elsewhere? What was the point of coming to the waterfalls in the first place? She begins to cast doubt on her experiences. Is she sounding a little nervous to you? Maybe a little regretful?