In the last eight lines of the poem, everything changes. The form changes, and even the speaker transforms into a more generalized traveler. Instead of speaking to us directly, she writes her thoughts in a notebook. We read over her shoulder, and find out that she's still asking the same questions. Should she stay or should she go? Is there really no place like home? By making these important changes, Bishop shifts our point of view. Before, we were inside the speaker's head. It was warm and cozy. We felt like we knew her. But now things aren't quite so intimate. She could be anyone—and that's the point. We should all be asking these questions of travel. Here, the speaker is simply a stand-in for all travelers and would-be travelers.