Study Guide

In the Waiting Room Tough-o-Meter

By Elizabeth Bishop

Tough-o-Meter

(4) Base Camp

This poem isn't too hard to understand. What is hard about it is those darn questions that Elizabeth raises. What are the answers, Liz Bishop? What is the meaning of life? Fortunately for us, not knowing the answers to life's big questions is okay in this poem. (But if you do have all the answers, please share. We’d love to know).

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