Study Guide

In the Waiting Room What's Up With the Title?

By Elizabeth Bishop

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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