Questions of Travel
by Elizabeth Bishop
Analysis: What's Up With the Title?
We're going to get deep here for a second. This poem is called "Questions of Travel." And what is the poem filled with? Questions—about traveling. Why do we travel? What's the point of it all? Would we be better off staying at home? Where is home, even?
Reading all of these questions can be a bit frustrating. Sometimes we wish that this poem had a partner called "Answers to Your Questions About Travel." Unfortunately, this just isn't the case. But the title reminds us that we don't need to walk away from it with all of our answers figured out. Sometimes, knowing the right questions to ask is most important.