My father accompanied me as a guide and companion, but he was a sullen and brooding presence, lost in a private anguish.He is the youngest of five brothers, and Moni is his firstborn nephew—the eldest brother’s son.Although he is using the visualization of a house, I believe that he is really just using imagery to portray a human.
The house essential divided against itself becoming two deferent sides.
The fifth stanza Is physically depicting a person with Schizophrenia.
He has visited the institution in Calcutta twice—once without warning, hoping to see a transformed Moni, living a secretly normal life behind the barred gates.
But there was more than just avuncular love at stake for him in these visits.
The writer didn’t care about his home being clean or even the state of his home in general.
“The house came to miss the shouting voices, the threats, the half-apologizes, noisy relocations, the sobbing that followed”.Moni is not the only member of the family with mental illness.Two of my father’s four brothers suffered from various unravellings of the mind.“Schizophrenia” By Jim Stevens “Schizophrenia” by Jim Stevens Is a poem depleting the way a schizophrenic person’s brain works.In the first line of the poem Jim Stevens says “It was the house that suffered the most”.The last two lines are in my opinion, the strongest, “the neighbors said it was a madhouse, it was the house that suffered most”.the winter of 2012, I travelled from New Delhi, where I grew up, to Calcutta to visit my cousin Moni.His lack of publication leaves a rather eerie air to the poem.All I found was purely speculations, of what the poem could mean or why it was written, no assurance.Many people will have delusions that there are other people around; therefore the writer felt that he needed to lock the doors in order to keep people out. “Dishes were left unwashed; the cloth disappeared under a hardened crust.” Many people with schizophrenia are not concerned with their hygiene or their own well being CITATION Psych 1033 (Psych Central).