Misgiving Robert Frosts poem Misgiving exposes how one should experiencelife. He shows this through by comparing the blowing of leaves freely to thefree-will of an individual. This poem creates a new way of viewing life.Frost develops this through three major points, symbolism, imagery, andmeaning. Frosts establishes his first symbolism through the blowing of the leavesin the wind. It seems as though he is comparing himself to the leaves.
Inthe poem the leaves are experiencing movement and moving about freelyand he is comparing himself wanting to experience the same thing. By himwanting to experience free-will in his life he clearly uses a leave and astem to show his symbolism of his desire. The most pleasant image in the poem is when he compares himself to theleaves and wanting to be able to move around as they do. In the secondstanza, Frost explains how deeply he wants to fly and at times he seeks asheltering wall for comfort and shelter. The third stanza completes the firstpart of the poem. The visual imagery here was the reluctant whirl and onlyevoked how he liked going through it but couldnt explain why notknowing where it would take him but only as long as it did.
The meaning of which Frost portrays himself to b free as the leaves isbecause he does not want to become stagnant. He wants to experiencewhatever life has to offer, whether it is good or bad. To him theimportant thing is the knowledge and experience gained from the wholeevent. In the third stanza. When the leaves go back to where they werecan be compared to an individual in society. Most people are half-asleepmost of the time, but want to keep up with life experiences.
Maybe theydidnt get anywhere but the knowledge and experience that was learnedwas the most important aspect gained. This poem indeed establishes symbolism, imagery and meaning. It isuseful for an individual to read in order to be aware and knowledgeableof experiences they may have had in their lives and to appreciate thefree-will each and everyone of us are given.