Does the poem "House Fear" by Robert Frost suggest that people often enjoy being frightened?"House Fear" by Robert Frost

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stolperia eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In my opinion, I don't think so. The people in the poem have developed a routine that they follow when returning home to a dark house in the night that prevents them from being frightened or surprised. They do continue to return to the house, even after they apparently have been frightened often enough to have developed their pattern of actions to prevent the scare, but that may indicate that they have no other place to go rather than that they enjoy being frightened. If the people enjoyed being frightened, I don't think they would follow the same steps every time they came home and prepared to enter the house, with the understanding that those steps would allow "whatever might chance to be" to leave the house before they entered.