“In The Waiting Room” by Elizabeth Bishop is a poem that is different from typical poetry. Some could say that there are parts that are written more like a storyline that is simple and straightforward. Not all of the stanzas were as easy to understand though. There were times when I would get confused as […]

The Tuscania

March 6, 2013 | 2 Comments

      After having read the Edelman article and discussing in class how “In the Waiting Room”  is not exactly routed in truthful facts, I wandered about the date that she chose to associate the poem with.  I knew that if the National Geographic was not the reason I had to search something else. […]

Title Trickery

March 6, 2013 | 3 Comments

One of the most important elements to any poem is the title. I found the title “In the Waiting Room” to be very well-chosen for this poem. In this post I will elaborate on the discussion we had in class about this particular poem’s title. Generally speaking, when I first read the title without knowing […]

As we discussed in class today, one of the main thing that I noticed when reading this poem was the oddity that she was with her Aunt “Consuelo” at the dentist and not with her mother or her father. I began to wonder why Elizabeth Bishop would choose to put this detail into her poem, […]

Elizabeth Bishop’s poem “In the Waiting Room” is concerned with understanding both the narrator, a young girl, and her aunt Consuelo. It is clear that their identities are quite complex. Looking more specifically at Aunt Consuelo and the etymology of certain words used to describe her, one can make the argument that these two characters […]

Poetry is often hard to follow and loaded with deep symbolism. Or, so I thought. After reading “In the Waiting Room” by Elizabeth Bishop, I did not feel nearly as lost as I do when I usually read poetry. Though Bishop’s poem does have an element of complexity, her simplistic writing style is not “showy” […]

In her poem, “In the Waiting Room”, Elizabeth Bishop describes the waiting room she is in twice: once at the beginning of the poem and once at the end. At the beginning of the poem, she describes it as a room full of adults, lamps, and magazines. She also mentions that it is winter outside, […]

During our discussion on “In the Waiting Room” in class this morning, we touched upon the idea of the “other” in Bishop’s poem, specifically focusing on the name of her fictitious aunt, Consuelo. I would like to look at a different way Bishop introduces the presence of the “other” in the first stanza of the […]