Ocd Poem

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This poem is a monolog and the poet is alone narrating the whole story as the speaker. The poem is about a man diagnosed with OCD who falls in love with a woman. The influence of this incident in the speaker’s life soon becomes evident as he says “The first time I saw her... Everything in my head went quiet. All the ticks, all the constantly refreshing images just disappeared.” Eventually, however, the woman starts ignoring what she used to love about the speaker’s behavior: “Some mornings I’d start kissing her goodbye but she’d just leave cause I was just making her late for work…” In the end, the woman decides that the speaker is “taking up too much of her time.” She leaves and starts “sleeping at her mother’s place”. The climax of the story …show more content…

There are certain arguments about the ending of the story, however. He shows his hopelessness when he says “I want her back so bad... I leave the door unlocked. I leave the lights on”. Some say the ending indicates the speaker’s hopefulness of returning his love because he wants her back “so bad” so he starts fighting OCD’s compulsive behavior: “I leave the door unlocked. I leave the lights on.” Others, on the other hand, indicate that OCD is an anxiety disorder where the diagnosed person cares too much about everything and this might lead to deep depression where they do not care about anything at all. Therefore the person diagnosed with OCD is constantly living and struggling with the thought of caring too much and not caring at all. Hilborn has beautifully shown this conflict with showing the last three lines together. According to Aristotle the utmost importance of a plot is in its ability to arouse emotions in the audience’s psyche. This open-ended closing leaves the audience thinking and deciding about speaker’s

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